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Paintings of Gaganendranath Tagore

R. Siva Kumar (Author)

Though art historian and scholar R. Siva Kumar describes the Paintings of Gaganendranath Tagore as ‘primarily a book of images’ with its large body of the Master’s works reproduced in a large format, in fact the largest collection so far, it unravels a sparsely documented narrative that pieces together a series of personal losses and the corresponding creative responses as they add up to a rich prospect covering richly nuanced landscapes, encounters with and re-creations of memory, legendary narratives, caricatures, Cubist vision, and visionary dreamscapes. An intensely private, self trained practitioner of the arts, Gaganendranath Tagore (1867-1938) had almost nothing to say about his painting, leaving the critic to speculate in a critical void. In his speculations, the author opens up a whole new space for re-viewing and re-reading Gaganendranath.

Contents: 1. Note from the Publisher. 2. Introduction. 3. The world around. 4. Seen and imagined landscapes. 5. Puri and nocturnals. 6. Chaitanya and other narratives. 7. Bizzare truths. 8. An engagement with the mountains. 9. Cubist visions. 10. Towards a silent darkness. 11. Conclusion. Chronology.

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About the author

R. Siva Kumar

R. Siva Kumar is Professor in History of Art at Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. Born in Kerala in 1956, he was educated in Kerala and Santiniketan, and has been teaching at Kala Bhawan since 1982. Besides numerous papers in various journals, Siva Kumar has authored the following books: The Santiniketan Murals (1995); Santiniketan: The Making of a Contextual Modernism (1997); K.G. Subramanyam: A Retrospective (2003); Ramachandran: A Retrospective, 2 Volumes (2004); K.S. Radhakrisnan (2004); and My Pictures: A Collection of Paintings by Rabindranath Tagore (2005). The several exhibitions he has curated include Tryst with Destiny (co-curator, Singapore Museum of Art, 1997); Santiniketan; The making of a Contextual Modernism (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 1997); Art of Bengal: Past and Present, (Curatorial advisor, CIMA, Kolkata, 2001); K.G. Subramanyan: A Retrospective (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2003).

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Title Paintings of Gaganendranath Tagore
Author R. Siva Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.06.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Pratikshan
Language: English
isbn 8189323830, 9788189323837
length 385p., 355 Colour Plates; 33cm.