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    The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 3

    RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861-1941)

    Untitled (Mother India)

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    RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861-1941)
    Untitled (Mother India)
    signed 'Rabindranath Tagore' (lower right)
    woodblock print on paper
    9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm.)


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    “In one of his [Rabindranath Tagore’s] novels a male protagonists says to the heroine, ‘Have I not told you that, in you, I visualize the Shakti (power) of our country? The geography of a country is not the whole truth. No one can give up his life for a map.’ Resisting official British mapping was part of the story of anti-colonialism in the early twentieth century. Indeed, instead of British cityscapes, artists in Bengal visualized a maternal bodyscape not unlike artists in Europe who portrayed the motherland in the figure of a woman.” (M. K. Landrus, Bengal and Modernity: Early 20th Century Art in India, exhibition catalogue, Oxford, 2015, unpaginated)

    Provenance

    Formerly in the Collection of Mukul Dey


    Literature

    Bengal and Modernity: Early 20th Century Art in India, exhibition catalogue, Oxford, 2015, (illustrated, unpaginated)


    Exhibited

    Oxford, The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology, Bengal and Modernity: Early 20th Century Art in India, March – June 2015