Rabindranath Tagore entered the world of visual imagery, drifting from words to images, only when he turned 64.
The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 went on to become one of the earliest master painters in India, with his drawings of human figures and nature. The last Harvest: Sesquicentennial Exhibition of Paintings by Tagore, a collection of nearly 100 paintings that has already travelled the world as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the sage (his birthday was on May 8, 1861), has now dropped anchor in the Capital at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).
The ongoing exhibition, which will continue for a month in Delhi, will also tour other cities in the country such as Mumbai and Bangalore. Rajeev Lochan, director, NGMA, says, “The paintings had already travelled to nine museums in three continents.” The exhibition was curated in chronological order, under four categories in keeping with the progression of Tagore as a painter of curious natural creatures and creator of layered landscapes, mysterious figures, self-portraits, narratives and head portraits, inspired by Cubism.
Curated by R. Sivakumar, the art works have been acquired from prestigious collections at the Rabindra Bhavan, Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan and from the National Gallery of Modern Art.