Asoka’s Queen (1910) by Abanindranath Tagore

Asoka's Queen - Abanindranath Tagore - 1910

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TitleAsoka's Queen
ArtistAbanindranath Tagore
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About Asoka's Queen

The Asoka’s Queen painting by Abanindranath Tagore depicts a queen standing in front of the Buddhist monument at Sanchi. This print is based on an original painting held in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle and infuses Swadeshi values in the Bengal school of art. Abanindranath Tagore contributed significantly to Indian Art and led a counterculture action against dominating Western Art styles. In addition to Asoka’s Queen, Abanindranath also created another well-known painting titled “Asoka’s Queen and the Bodhi Tree.” This painting further conveys his admiration for Buddhism, as it features a queen sitting beneath the Bodhi tree, where Buddha attained enlightenment. With his unique style and portrayal of Indian traditions, Abanindranath Tagore revolutionized Indian art during his time. His works inspired many artists to embrace their indigenous roots and create authentic artwork that reflected India’s culture and identity. The Asoka Legend painting by Abanindranath Tagore can be found at Peabody Essex Museum. It portrays Emperor Ashoka meditating beneath a tree after witnessing the devastation caused by one of his battles. Tagore’s use of vibrant colors and incorporation of historical events helped bring these stories to life on canvas, making them accessible for future generations to appreciate and admire.

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