Nishat by Abanindranath Tagore

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TitleNishat
ArtistAbanindranath Tagore
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About Nishat

Abanindranath Tagore was a prominent Indian artist who challenged the British academic system of art education during the 1920s. His artwork “Nishat” is a 1920 tempura on paper piece that showcases Abanindranath’s subversion of academic realist art practices and projection of new aesthetics in visual language. In his works, Abanindranath Tagore infused the spirit of swadeshi, fusing many Eastern art styles to create a distinctive Indian art style. He was also the principal artist and creator of ‘Indian Society of Oriental Art’ and is considered as the first major exponent of swadeshi values in Indian art. As an internationally recognized artist, Abanindranath Tagore’s most impressive work is said to be his Arabian Nights series. Through his artworks like “Nishat,” he sought to redefine traditional Western notions of fine arts with those from India’s rich artistic heritage. It is important to note that Abanindranath mainly used tempera on paper for his paintings and sought to challenge the physicality of oil medium through this technique. In essence, his works like “Nishat” symbolized a cultural reawakening where artists aimed at discovering fresh ways in which they could depict national culture and identity through their artworks while still staying true to their traditions.

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