18 Facts About Abanindranath Tagore


Abanindranath Tagore was the principal artist and creator of the "Indian Society of Oriental Art".

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Abanindranath Tagore was the first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian art.

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Abanindranath Tagore founded the influential Bengal school of art, which led to the development of modern Indian painting.

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Abanindranath Tagore's work was so successful that it was eventually accepted and promoted as a national Indian style within British art institutions.

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Abanindranath Tagore was born in Jorasanko, Calcutta, British India, to Gunendranath Tagore and Saudamini Devi.

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Abanindranath Tagore's grandfather was Girindranath Tagore, the second son of "Prince" Dwarkanath Tagore.

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Abanindranath Tagore was a member of the distinguished Tagore family and a nephew of the poet Rabindranath Tagore.

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Abanindranath Tagore learned art while studying at Sanskrit College, Kolkata in the 1880s.

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In 1890, Abanindranath attended the Calcutta School of Art where he learnt to use pastels from O Ghilardi, and oil painting from C Palmer, European painters who taught in that institution.

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Abanindranath Tagore left Sanskrit College after nine years of study and studied English as a special student at St Xavier's College, which he attended for about a year and a half.

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Abanindranath Tagore had a sister, Sunayani Devi, who was a painter.

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Abanindranath Tagore's philosophy rejected the "materialistic" art of the West and came back to Indian traditional art forms.

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Abanindranath Tagore was influenced by the Mughal school of painting as well as Whistler's Aestheticism.

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Abanindranath Tagore believed that Western art was "materialistic" in character, and that India needed to return to its own traditions to recover its spiritual values.

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Abanindranath Tagore believed that Indian traditions could be adapted to express these new values, and to promote a progressive Indian national culture.

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Abanindranath Tagore maintained throughout his life a long friendship with the London-based artist, author and eventual president of London's Royal College of Art, William Rothenstein.

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Abanindranath Tagore ended up in Calcutta, where he drew and painted with Abanindranath and his students, attempting to absorb elements of Bengal School style into his own practice.

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Siva Kumar's Paintings of Abanindranath Tagore is a path-breaking book redefining Abanindranath's art.

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