Abanindranath Tagore

Kala Paree and Nidra Paree

Lot No
Watercolour wash on paper
6.5 x 4.7 in.
Rs. 25,00,000 - 35,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 27,83,000

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed & Dated: Bottom Right

This lot is a National Art Treasure - Non Exportable Item
(payment only in Indian Rupees)

Publication : Bengal Fairy Tales by F. B. Bradley Birt with Illustrations by Abanindranath Tagore 1920. Reprint - London ; forgotten books, illustrated p.81

Provenance : Originally from the private collection of Mitendra Ganguli (the great grandson of Abanindranath Tagore) who in-turn inherited it from his father Mohanlal Ganguli (Son in Law of Abanindranath Tagore.

Condition : The work is in its original condition and has not been restored

about artist

Abanindranath's paintings were as nationalist as that of his Swadeshi mentors as well as cultural and political. He invoked the past like a true cultural nationalist but the style he evolved under the sign of 'Indian' did not correspond to any one past style of Indian painting. While setting out to develop an Indian style he did not actually discard the realist grounding he had acquired through his early Western artistic training. He modified it first by adapting the miniature format of illuminated texts and then by picture to perspective visualization. The encounter with Japanese painting that came on its heels taught him how untouched surfaces could be given spatial definition through a discreet use of details and at the same time how a figure-ground interplay could be achieved by breaking the linear or tonal contours of figure and object representations. The wash technique and the style that emerged through this selective assimilation from different traditions were a new eclectic whole and a personal idiom carefully fashioned to express his intimate sensibility.