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Rathindranath Tagore (1888 - 1961)

Prinseps is pleased to present for the first time in auctions, art works by Rathindranath Tagore, an artist par-excellence and of extreme historical importance.

This would be a one-time opportunity to acquire rare works by the artist which have been with his family for over fifty years and come with an impeccable provenance. The majority of his art works would be a part of Visva-Bharti archives with some displayed at the “Guha ghar” – his erstwhile studio and currently a museum dedicated to him in the Uttarayan complex.

For further details on the provenance and the complete set of art works, please refer to the upcoming auction catalogue.

RATHINDRANATH TAGORE (1888 - 1961)

Rathindranath was not only one of the first five boys of the Santiniketan Brahmacharyasrama, he was also one of the reasons for its existence. Rathindranath was the most representative product of Rabindranath’s educational ideal. After his matriculation, Rathindranath was sent to Illinois to study Agricultural Science. He spent the next four decades of his life serving Santiniketan and Visva-Bharati. When Visva-Bharati became a Central University, he became its first Upacharya.

rabindranath tagore with baby rathindranath tagore Young Rabindrnath Tagore With daughter Bela and son Rathindranath

Rathindranath (left) With Rabindranath Tagore (right) Rathindranath (left) With Rabindranath Tagore (right)

rathindranath tagore guha ghar Image of Guha Ghar in Santiniketan (next to Udayan) Dedicated to Rathindranath Tagore and his art

STELLA KRAMRISCH ON RATHINDRANATH TAGORE'S ART

The flowers he paints in various media, in a technique his own where colour is structural and the background of the picture pulsates with their vibrations. Rathindranath Tagore knows flowers by his love for them and by science. He is a biologist by training. He is also the architect of the garden in Santiniketan. To the luxuriant harmony he has brought plants from many parks of the earth and from the undergrowth of the Indian jungle; he has made them all thrive together, each in the soil it required. He cares for them, knows and paints them. With loving science he draws the firm logic of their patterns and gives them the space and ground on which they breathe their fragrance.

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Art Works Upcoming In Auction

Lot #10
Untitled (Bamboo Bushes)
Watercolour on Paper
Signed “rathindra” in Bengali
CIRCA 1950
11.5 x 9 in.
INR 5,00,000 - 10,00,000

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Lot #11
RATHINDRANATH TAGORE (1888 - 1961)
Untitled (View of mountains in Dehradun)
Watercolour on Paper
Signed “rathi” in Bengali
CIRCA 1950
7 x 9.5 in.
INR 4,00,000 - 6,00,000
PUBLISHED
Apni Tumi Roile Dure Sango Nihsangata O Rathiindranath
(Bengali) by Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay (2011) (this work page 123)

lot 11 rathindranath tagore

Lot #12
RATHINDRANATH TAGORE (1888 - 1961)
Untitled (Palash Tree With Birds)
Watercolour on Paper
Signed “rathi” in Bengali
CIRCA 1950
2 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.
INR 4,00,000 - 6,00,000
PUBLISHED
Apni Tumi Roile Dure Sango Nihsangata O Rathiindranath
(Bengali) by Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay (2011) (this work page 124)

lot 12 rathindranath tagore

Lot #13
RATHINDRANATH TAGORE (1888 - 1961)
Untitled (Boat On Padma Near Shilaidaha)
Oil on Paper
CIRCA 1950
7 x 9 in.
INR 7,00,000 - 15,00,000
PUBLISHED
Apni Tumi Roile Dure Sango Nihsangata O Rathiindranath
(Bengali) by Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay (2011) (this work page 122)

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Lot #14
RATHINDRANATH TAGORE (1888 - 1961)
Untitled (Poppies Through A Window in Kalimpong)
Watercolour on Paper
CIRCA 1950
7 x 9 in.
INR 50,000 - 1,00,000

lot 14 rathindranath tagore

Lot #15
Untitled
Inlay in Wood of Rabindranath Tagore’s Original Painting
Poem in bengali engraved in frame on reverse:
The fifth raga of vasanth played today
Note for note and beat for beat, becomes finally complete
Etched in Bengali on reverse:
“Nirmal-Mira Ke Rathi 23 Jaistha 1359”
(To Nirmal-Mira Rathi 6 June 1952)
9 x 12 in.
11 x 18 in. (incl. original frame)
INR 5,00,000 - 10,00,000
PUBLISHED
Apni Tumi Roile Dure Sango Nihsangata O Rathiindranath
(Bengali) by Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay (2011) (this work page 121)
CATALOGUE NOTES
Rathindranath was a master wood-carver, the woodgrain in each of the inlaid pieces in the art work in this lot is to be noted

lot 15 rathindranath tagore

Image Source & Credits:
1. www.visva-bharati.ac.in