Temple Cubistic
Title Temple Cubistic
Accession Number ngma-01007
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Gallery Name NGMA-New Delhi
Object Type Painting
Main Material Wash and tempera on paper
Main Artist Gaganendranath Tagore (1867-1938)
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data Born to the family of Tagore's of Jorasanko, Kolkata, Gaganendranath was the elder brother of Abanindranath Tagore. With little formal training in art Gaganendranath began painting at an advanced age. He was inspired by the calligraphic brushwork and the wash technique of the visiting Japanese artists, Yokoyama Taikan and Hishida Shunsho. In the early 20's of the Twentieth century, Gaganendranath responded positively to the European modernist idiom. He began painting seriously when he started illustrating his uncle Rabindranath Tagore's autobiography in 1911. Gaganendranath like his younger brother Abanindranath and uncle Rabindranath had a wide range of interests that covered theatre, fantasy and the like. He also practiced photography and this can be seen in the use of light and shadows in his paintings. From 1917 onwards he did a series of satirical caricatures of changes taking place in the society of his times. Many of his paintings were referred to as 'cubist' because of the division of the figures and ground into geometrical planes. Gaganendranath painted portraits, landscapes, caricatures, abstract and 'cubist' paintings.
Country India
Inscription Signed 'G. T.' in English at bottom left corner of the painting with brush in white colour.
Dimensions 20.2 X 25.5 cms
Detailed Description According to art historian Ratan Parimoo, Gaganendranath Tagore painted his version of cubist images in colour and black ink between 1921 and 1925. The artist had a special liking for painting architectural compositions. Of these experiments in visual language, eminent artist and aesthetician Ratan Parimoo wrote in his article for the book Gaganendranath Tagore published by Indian Society of Oriental Art, 1972, "......... Gaganendranath, through his experimental play with brush and colour, captured the charming capriciousness of refracted light."