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Abanindranath Tagore

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About Artist

Born into an aristocratic family of Bengal, Abanindranath Tagore was richly endowed with literary and artistic talent. Abanindranath was among the first Indian artists to address issues of culture specificity and modernism. He began his career in the emergent years of Swadeshi movement and was a propagator of nationalist revivalist art. In 1907 he established the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta and founded "The Bengal School" which was repsonsible for pioneering Bengal Revivalist movement.The fame of Abanindranath as the reviver of Indian tradition and founder of a new movement, is in no way less than that of Abanindranath, the artist. Under his guidance, a new generation of painters was raised, like Nandalal Bose, Asit Halder, Kshitindranath Majumder and Jamini Roy, S.N.Gupta and a host of others. Abanindranath Tagore's works were exhibited in London and Paris in 1913, followed by another international exhibition in Japan in 1919. The largest number of his paintings - over 500 - form a part of Rabindra Bharati Society's collection at Jorasanko, Calcutta. They have been declared as National Art Treasures.

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  • About Artist

    Born into an aristocratic family of Bengal, Abanindranath Tagore was richly endowed with literary and artistic talent. Abanindranath was among the first Indian artists to address issues of culture specificity and modernism. He began his career in the emergent years of Swadeshi movement and was a propagator of nationalist revivalist art. In 1907 he established the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta and founded "The Bengal School" which was repsonsible for pioneering Bengal Revivalist movement.The fame of Abanindranath as the reviver of Indian tradition and founder of a new movement, is in no way less than that of Abanindranath, the artist. Under his guidance, a new generation of painters was raised, like Nandalal Bose, Asit Halder, Kshitindranath Majumder and Jamini Roy, S.N.Gupta and a host of others. Abanindranath Tagore's works were exhibited in London and Paris in 1913, followed by another international exhibition in Japan in 1919. The largest number of his paintings - over 500 - form a part of Rabindra Bharati Society's collection at Jorasanko, Calcutta. They have been declared as National Art Treasures.

  • Academics

    Studied at Government School of Art and Craft, Kolkata

    Private Tutors, Olinto Gilhardi and Charles Palmer

    Pursuing his increasing interest in Japanese painting, he learnt the Art of Japanese brushwork under Yokoyama Taikan.

    1907 Taught at Indian Society of Art (ISOA), Kolkata

    1905 Taught at Government School of art (GSA), Kolkata

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    1996 An exhibition of Abanindranath's work, Nandan Gallery, Santiniketan


    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    1928 Athene Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

    1924 Traveling Exhibition, USA, organized by American Federation of Art and Indian Society of Oriental Art.

    1915-16 Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata and Young Man’s Indian Association, Chennai

    1914 22nd Exhibition of Societe des Peintres Orientalistes Francois, Grand Palais, Paris, traveling to Belgium, Holland and Imperial Institute, England

    1911 Festival of Empire, organized by Indian Society of Oriental Art, for George V's Coronation, Crystal Palace, England.

    1911 Indian Society of Oriental Art (ISOA), United Provinces Exhibition, Allahabad

    1908, 10, 12 Inaugural Exhibition, Indian Society of Oriental Art (ISOA), Kolkata

    1900 American Federation of Art, USA

    1900 Government School of Art and Craft Exhibition, Kolkata


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