Celebrations begin to mark 150 years of iconic artist Abanindranath Tagore

Source: The Hindu

What is the news?

Victoria Memorial Hall and DAG have collaborated to commemorate the 150th year birth anniversary of the prominent artist of Bengal school of Art – Abanindranath Tagore.

About Abanindranath Tagore:
  • Abanindranath Tagore, the nephew of Rabindranath Tagore, was one of the most prominent artists of the Bengal school of art in India.
  • He was the first major supporter of swadeshi values in Indian art.
    • He first created the ‘Indian Society of Oriental Art’ and later went on to establish the Bengal school of art.
Specialty of his paintings
  • To counter the western influence of art, he modernized Mughal & Rajput styles to give rise to modern Indian painting.
  • He shaped modern Indian art by giving a unique shape to Swadeshi themes and created a new awakening.
  • “Bharat Mata” painting was one of the most iconic works of Abanindranath Tagore.
  • His other famous paintings include The Passing of Shah Jahan (1900), My Mother (1912–13), Fairyland illustration (1913), Journey’s End (circa 1913).
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