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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, HUNGARY

Nandalal Bose
SANTINIKETAN
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, HUNGARY

Nandalal Bose
SANTINIKETAN
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

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Nandalal Bose
1882 - 1966
SANTINIKETAN
Signed and titled 'Nandalal Bose / Santiniketan' lower right and further signed, titled and inscribed 'Nandalal Bose / Santiniketan / Bengal / India' on reverse
Watercolour and gouache on handmade paper
26.8 x 17.4 cm. (10 ½ x 6 ¾ in.)
Painted circa 1930s
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Provenance

Private collection of Mrs. Zsolt, Hungary
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Nandalal Bose is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern Indian art. A student of Abanindranath Tagore, Bose’s art was popular for its 'Indian-ness'. In the current lot, Bose draws from both Rajput miniatures as well as Orissan folk painting from Eastern India. The arrangement of the picture into horizontal registers, stylised foliage and the treatment of the terrace evoke Rajput painting. Conversely the use of stylised dots and markings and geometric shapes to depict forms in nature is suggestive of the latter, an art form from Bengal’s neighbouring state.

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.

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

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