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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.)
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

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Lot Essay

“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)

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