The Tagore Triad: Modernism & Visual Cultures

This exhibition features Rabindranath, Abanindranath and Gaganendranath— three members of the illustrious Tagore family— whose contributions have vastly enriched the world of arts. Their striking individualistic approach to painting, redefined the history of Indian art. Art was not regarded as a mere form of visual expression, but a tool for protest against the regressive forces (social and political). Instead of striving after the much celebrated Western art, the three artists created a practice of their own.

[read more=”+ Read more” less=”- Read less”]The exhibition showcases the Jorasanko Thakurbari as one of the foremost art-hubs of the day, playing a significant role in music and bringing about the intellectual revolution during the period. Our presentation does not limit itself to the display of paintings; it stretches further, highlighting the ethos of the creation and perspectives of the artists who sketched the masterpieces.

With western modern art gradually colonising the art space, this exhibition stands witness to the country’s rich artistic heritage and legacy. The creations of the three maestros are revered by the world to this day, despite the attempt (western modern art’s) to invade the various traditional art forms.

Bengal in the 19th century experienced its Renaissance, spearheaded by Jorasanko Thakurbari. Dwarakanath Tagore was one of the notable connoisseurs and patrons of the arts of the period. Surprisingly, the arrival of Western Art in Bengal was aided by the Tagores. Debendranath Tagore earned a name for patronising foreign artists who drew portraits of his family members. Abanindranath’s father Gunendranath, and Jyotirindranath, began their journey at the Art School in 1864. Gunendranath’s interest in photography was inherited by his elder son and Abanindranath’s elder brother, Gaganendranath. Abanindranath’s uncles Jyotirindranath and Rabindranath were eminent artists.[/read]

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