Tagore inspired Bose to paint like the ‘patuas’. Through this, Bose was able to satisfy his interest in folk arts as well as household art forms such as ‘Alpona’, something which is evidenced in the current work. In this beautifully intricate painting, Bose depicts Kala Bhavana, the Institute of Fine Arts at Santiniketan. The school was founded in 1919 by Abanindranath’s uncle, Rabindranath Tagore, and Bose was subsequently invited to become the institution’s first principal. The painting school and its environs are rendered in an earthy colour palette, one which perfectly captures the pastoral atmosphere of Santiniketan and is classic of Nandalal Bose in all its glory.
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