Drawing

1920 (made)

Bose, Nandalal

Height: 13.4 cm, Width: 8.3 cm, Height: 21.2 cm Conservation paper upon which card is mounted, Width: 27.9 cm Conservation paper upon which card is mounted

IS.78-1985 SSEA

Drawing, meeting of the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta, by Nandalal Bose, pencil on postcard, Kolkata, 1920 [verso] Inscription, ink

The scene is depicted in pencil on pre-printed postcard. A room filled with seated figures is seen through a barred window. A leering turbanned figure is entering from the right, beneath a board bearing the letters I.O.A.S. (The Indian Sociery for Oriental Art in Calcutta). [verso] Inscription, written in ink.

Nandalal Bose (1883-1966) was an influential figure of the Bengal School of Art. He was an immediate disciple of Abanindranath Tagore, the leading artist and exponent of the school, as well as the reformist art teacher Dr E. B. Havell. Adhering to his mentor's patriotic commitment, Nandalal retrieved themes from the Indian epic past or scenes from romantic tales and reworked them in a highly romanticised style. The scene is depicted in pencil on a pre-printed postcard. A room filled with seated figures is seen through a barred window. A leering turbanned figure is entering from the right, beneath a board bearing the letters I.O.A.S. (The Indian Sociery fro Oriental Art in Calcutta). The society was founded in 1907. Around 1920, it underwent a period of reorganization, and a permanent gallery was established. The society also organized art classes, of which Bose was a teacher for an indefinite period ending in 1919.

From the Collection of Roop Krishna. Sold at Sotheby's on 15 April 1985. RF: 85/1321 Historical significance: The society was founded in 1907. Around 1920, it underwent a period of reorganization, and a permanent gallery was established. The society also organized art classes, of which Bose was a teacher for an indefinite period ending in 1919.

Location: In Storage

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