Provenance : Property from a corporate collection
based in Kolkata.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Kshitindranath Majumdar was born in the year 1891 in West Bengal. After completing his schooling Nimtita in Murshidabad district of West Bengal he joined the Government School of Art in Kolkata in 1905, where he studied under the tutelage of Abanindranath Tagore. In most of his drawings and paintings, Majumdar sought inspiration from mythological and religious subjects. He was greatly influenced by Sri Chaitanya’s Vaisnavism, as well as Abanindranath Tagore’s revivalist movement.
Often referred to as a saint-artist, he constituted art as a form of devotion. He was also a trained singer and interpreted religious parable from Indian epics and Puranas. In 1912, Kshitindranath Majumdar, along with Nandalal Bose, took over the onus of teaching at the Society which continued till 1930. At Santiniketan too, Majumdar engaged himself with teaching while implementing the artistic and aesthetic principles inherited from his mentor. Following Abanindranath Tagore’s delicate, romantic style observed in his watercolour wash works, Majumdar invented and accoutrements for his characters which had a similar treatment observed in the fresco art of Ajanta and Rajput paintings.
He was the art teacher and principal of the school at the Society of Oriental Arts, Calcutta for 18 years and then he went to Allahabad University in 1942 as the president of the art department. There he taught till his retirement till 1964.