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
Height of the figure - 6ft
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.