ABANINDRANATH TAGORE PDF

Early life[ edit ] In the early s several illustrations were published in Sadhana magazine, and in Chitrangada, and other works by Rabindranath Tagore. He also illustrated his own books. About the year he took lessons from the vice-principal of the Government School of Art , studying in the traditional European academic manner, learning the full range of techniques, but with a particular interest in watercolour. At this time he began to come under the influence of Mughal art, making a number of works based on the life of Krishna in a Mughal-influenced style.

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Early life[ edit ] In the early s several illustrations were published in Sadhana magazine, and in Chitrangada, and other works by Rabindranath Tagore. He also illustrated his own books. About the year he took lessons from the vice-principal of the Government School of Art , studying in the traditional European academic manner, learning the full range of techniques, but with a particular interest in watercolour.

At this time he began to come under the influence of Mughal art, making a number of works based on the life of Krishna in a Mughal-influenced style.

After meeting E. Havell , Tagore worked with him to revitalise and redefine art teaching at the Calcutta School of art, a project also supported by his brother Gaganendranath, who set up the Indian Society of Oriental Art.

Tagore believed in the traditional Indian techniques of painting. His philosophy rejected the "materialistic" art of the west and came back to Indian traditional art forms. In his later works, Tagore started integrating Chinese and Japanese calligraphic traditions into his style. Later career[ edit ] Tagore believed that Western art was "materialistic" in character, and that India needed to return to its own traditions to recover spiritual values.

Despite its Indocentric nationalism, this view was already commonplace within British art of the time, stemming from the ideas of the Pre-Raphaelites. Partly for this reason many British arts administrators were sympathetic to such ideas, especially as Hindu philosophy was becoming increasingly influential in the West following the spread of the Theosophy movement.

Tagore believed that Indian traditions could be adapted to express these new values, and to promote a progressive Indian national culture. In these paintings he uses the Arabian Nights stories as a trope for looking at colonial Calcutta and picturing its emergent cosmopolitanism. In his later work, he began to incorporate elements of Chinese and Japanese calligraphic traditions into his art, seeking to construct a model for a modern pan-Asian artistic tradition which would merge the common aspects of Eastern spiritual and artistic culture.

Venkatappa and Ranada Ukil. The nineteenth-century place names of Calcutta, however, appear on this map, thus suggesting we read this imaginary city with the colonial city as a frame of reference.

He ended up in Calcutta , where he drew and painted with Abanindranath and his students, attempting to absorb elements of Bengal School style into his own practice. Abanindranath became chancellor of Visva Bharati in Banished into trunks inside the dark offices of the society, these paintings have remained in permanent storage ever since.

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Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951)

He was also a noted writer, particularly for children. Tagore sought to modernize Moghul and Rajput styles in order to counter the influence of Western models of art, as taught in Art Schools under the British Raj and developed the Indian style of painting, later known as Bengal school of art. He was also the first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian art, thereby founding the influential Bengal school of art , which led to the development of modern Indian painting He was also a noted writer, particularly for children. Tagore sought to modernise Mughal and Rajput styles to counter the influence of Western models of art, as taught in art schools under the British Raj and developed the Indian style of painting, later known as Bengal school of art. He was a member of the distinguished Tagore family, and a nephew of the poet Rabindranath Tagore. His grandfather and his elder brother, Gaganendranath Tagore, were also artists. Tagore learned art when studying at Sanskrit College, Kolkata in the s.

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Rabindranath Tagore

He founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art and was its most important artist. He was also the founder of the Bengal School of Art, which is seen as being instrumental in the advent of Indian painting as it is known today. Tagore was concerned that Western artistic styles were exerting too much influence on Indian painters, and promoted a style based instead on a modern interpretation of traditional Rajput and Moghul art. Personal Life Tagore was born in the neighborhood of Jorasanko in northern Calcutta. He was part of an important and influential family: his grandfather was the son of Dwarkanath Tagore, who was among the earliest Indian industrial entrepreneurs.

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