Gaganendranath Tagore

Pakshiraaj Ghoda

Lot No
Watercolour and brush and ink on handmade paper
Circa 1920
13.5 x 10.2 in.
Rs. 30,00,000 - 40,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 48,89,508

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed : Bottom Right

Published : Gangopadhyay, Mohanlal, Gaganendranath (Calcutta: Mitra& Ghosh Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1973), Bengali, unpaginated

Provenance : Gift of the artist to Lt. Mohanlal Ganguli, 1929 (Gaganendranath Tagore was Ganguli’s maternal grandfather. The painting was gifted by the artist on the occasion of Ganguli’s birthday on the 8th of August, 1929).

Thence by descent to Mohanlal Ganguli’s grandson Mainak Ganguli.

Mainak Ganguli, Kolkata, 2013

Artwork Size

Height of the figure - 6ft

about artist

Gaganendranath was born in September 1867 in Kolkata and was the nephew of multi-talented Rabindranath Tagore. He was a self taught artist who had a short-lived academic career and later took an interest in all things Swadeshi. In 1907 he founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art along with his brother Abanindranath Tagore. His artworks are identifiably Indian with oriental influences from the East. Being greatly influenced by Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan, his works carried a Japanese stamp. He is best known for his political cartoons and social satires on Westernized Bengalis. His work was exhibited in the 22nd exhibition de Societe des peintres orientalistes francais (1914) in Paris, London, Belgium and Holland, and in a travelling exhibition organised by the American Federation of Art and ISOA (1924) in London and Germany, and he exhibited in the Athene Gallery in Geneva in 1928. Gagendranath died in Kolkata in 1938.