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Abanindranath Tagore
UMA THE GREAT MOTHER DAUGHTER OF THE MOUNTAIN (Circa 1920)

Watercolour on paper
4.5 x 3.0 in.

In Sanskrit, Uma means 'light' or the Lady of the Mountains. Uma is an ancient Mountain-goddess and is often known as Parvati, the consort of Shiva. According to the Upanishads, Goddess Uma is known as the daughter of Himavat, the God of the Great Himalayan Mountains and his consort, the nymph Mena.

PROVENANCE
Estate of Dhirendra Krishna Deb Barman

National Art Treasure - Non-Exportable

 

Born in 1871 in Bengal, Abanindranath was the nephew of Rabindranath Tagore and brother of Gagenendranath Tagore. He studied at Sanskrit College in Calcutta which was founded under the recommendation of James Prinsep. Abanindranath was known for developing modern art in Indian painting. As an important figure in the Bengal school of art, he brought a revival in Indian art where he brought back mughal miniature and rajput styles in response to traditional western academic standards. He founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art and often incorporated elements of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy in his own works.

 

This work was from the estate of Dhirendra Krishna Deb Barman. Deb Barman joined Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, where he worked under Nandalal Bose between 1919 and 1928.

 

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