Story Teller
Title Story Teller
Accession Number ngma-01380
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 The painting is signed 'G.T' in English in red ink and the signature shows a square seal containing red footprints near the left margin. This seal was used by Gaganendranath often along with his signature. It was made of brass and was a ritual object belonging to his mother, Soudamini symbolizing Sri Krishna's footprints.
Dimensions 18.4 X 20.9 cms
Detailed Description The painting shows a group of five figures in a hilly Himalayan landscape. Art historian, Ratan Parimoo dates the Himalayan landscapes as being done between 1915 and 21. Both Gaganendranath and his younger brother, Abanindranath were known to have travelled to Darjeeling more than once during this period. Done in pale washes, the Himalayan landscapes form a considerable segment of Gaganendranath's oeuvre.