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Lot 13
Rabindranath Tagore | Untitled, 1933

Date of Birth: 1861 - 1941

Medium: Ink on paper

Size: (i) 9 x 7 inches, 23 x 18 cms (ii) 10 x 8 inches, 25.5 x 20 cms

Signed by: Signed in Bangla ‘Rabindranath Thakur’ on lower right

Provenance: Collection of a reputed art gallery, New Delhi.

Estimate: ₹ 3,00,000 - ₹ 4,00,000


Rabindranath Tagore was born in 1861 in pre-independent Kolkata, West Bengal. He was a poet, writer, philosopher and social reformer. He developed interest in painting in the later years of his life in 1960s. His style of painting was very versatile and dynamic featured by simple bold forms with a combination of rhythmic quality. He did not undergo any formal training in painting but developed a sensibility towards art through his keen interest and imaginative mindset which was enhanced by epistemology of visual art practises. Tagore’s work first got exhibited in Paris in 1930 and then across different corners of the world including Europe, Russia, America and received great applause and appreciation. He never gave any title to his paintings and his art works were spontaneous and substantial. He played an effective role in art and in transforming its practises into modernism. He passed away in 1941. Translation of the lot

(i) My heartiest congratulations to Miss Kadambini Ganguly for securing the degree. The country needs hard working and conscientious women like her to keep moving forward. I wish her all the best in life. 18 Falgun 1339 (Bangla), 3rd March 1933.

(ii) The letter is a script of a dance Natika by Rabindranath Tagore, where he has written in detail about the characters. The drama consists of characters like Raghupati, Moysingho and Mosta, Goyenda Manik, Nokhotro Rai and Roma. Tagore gives a detailed description about the enactment of scenes with different emotions at different time during the day.