Journey’s End (1913) by Abanindranath Tagore

Journey's End - Abanindranath Tagore - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleJourney's End
ArtistAbanindranath Tagore
Current LocationNational Gallery Of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, India
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About Journey's End

Journey’s End is a painting from around 1913 by Indian artist Abanindranath Tagore, known for his efforts to modernize Moghul and Rajput styles of painting to counter Western influences. The work features a collapsed camel weighed down by its load. The painting evokes sympathy and curiosity due to the sense of pain and suffering conveyed. Tagore’s painting belongs to the Bengal school of art, which synthesized Eastern techniques with Western concepts of perspective. “Journey’s End” showcases the artist’s mastery over tempera on paper, utilizing intricate brush strokes, bold colors, and delicate detailing to convey complex emotions. In contextualizing this piece within Tagore’s oeuvre, one may note that it represents the fragility that often accompanies long journeys across harsh terrain. This theme resonates across many paintings in his body of work. “Journey’s End” therefore stands as not just an isolated snapshot of pain but also a commentary on life experiences in India during Tagore’s time. Overall, “Journey’s End” is an important example of Abanindranath Tagore’s mastery in combining traditional themes with innovative techniques prevalent at the time. The work contains elements that generate empathy towards its subject matter while highlighting the artist’s contribution towards forming new strands in Indian art history through the Bengal school.”

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