Emperor’s March to Kashmir by Abanindranath Tagore

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TitleEmperor's March to Kashmir
ArtistAbanindranath Tagore
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About Emperor's March to Kashmir

Emperor’s March to Kashmir is a painting by Abanindranath Tagore, a pioneer in the Indian art world and founder of the Bengal school of art. Completed circa 1920, it depicts Mughal emperor Jahangir journeying towards Kashmir. The painting measures w210 x h150 cm without the frame and is part of the National Gallery of Modern Art’s collection. Tagore was known for his swadeshi values, which he incorporated into his artwork as well. He believed that Indian art should draw inspiration from indigenous traditions rather than imitating Western styles. This approach established him as a major exponent of the Bengal school of art. The painting itself is a tempera on paper, an ancient medium that uses egg yolk mixed with color pigments to create vibrant and durable colors. Emperor’s March to Kashmir showcases Tagore’s use of bold colors and lines to convey movement and majesty in Jahangir’s grand procession. Overall, this masterpiece illustrates Tagore’s unique fusion between tradition and modernism that makes his work stand out in the history of Indian art. In addition to Emperor’s March to Kashmir, some other notable works by Tagore include Journey’s End and Fate and the Pleasure-Lovers. His contributions have influenced generations of artists all over the world who are interested in combining traditional inspiration with innovation.

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