Nandalal Bose



9.5 x 7.5 in. / 24.1 x 19.1 cm.


Kokka woodblock print on paper

Nandalal Bose, one of the most eminent disciples of Abanindranath Tagore—the progenitor of the Bengal School—executed this work in Japanese woodblock printing technique (many of these were printed in Japan by the Japanese art periodical Kokka, hence the name). The most striking feature of this work is the Ajanta-esque rendition of Lord Shiva—prominent for his ruminating eyes and full lips—for which Bengal School earned early renown. Bose would later move on to chart an individual path but his earlier works, such as this one, remain important for their historical significance and artistic finesse.

published references

Nandalal Bose (1882-1966): Centenary Exhibition (New Delhi: National Gallery of Modern Art), p. 66
Datta, Santo, Face Off 1900-1980s: An Exhibition of Indian Old Masters and Moderns (New Delhi: DAG, 2000), unpaginated
Karode, Roobina, Manifestations II, Indian Art in the 20th Century (New Delhi: DAG, 2004), p. 66
Quintanilla, Sonya Rhie, Rhythms of India | The Art of Nandalal Bose (California: San Diego Museum of Art, 2008), p. 118

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