Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Nandlal Bose

Nandlal Bose was born in December 1882 in Bihar. A protégé of Havell and Abanindranath, he is today regarded as one of the most prominent artists of the modern India. Nandlal Bose attended Calcutta Government College of Art between 1905 and 1910. He joined Abanindranath's Art School, where he was guided, initially, by Harinarayan Basu and Iswari Prasad and later on, by Abanindranath himself. As per the biography and life history of Nandlal Bose, he remained under the tutelage of Abanindranath for the next five years.

Nandlal Bose received great support from Sister Nivedita. He was also one of the leading lights of the renaissance of art in India. When Rabindranath Tagore founded the Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan, he invited Nand Lal to join it. Nandlal Bose served as the principal at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan between 1922 and 1951. He also received an offer from Government Art School to join as one of the staff member. However, he declined the same and instead, started helping Abanindranath in preparing a catalogue of the works of art in his house. Nandlal Bose breathed his last on 16th April 1966.

His Paintings
The style of Nandlal's paintings reflects the historic artistic tradition as well as the contemporary practices of Indian art form.

His paintings were exhibited for the first time in the year 1911. Since then, the works of Nandlal Bose have been displayed at several national as well as international exhibitions. Some of them include those at Crystal Palace of England, Societe des Peintres Orientalistes Francais at Grand Palais in Paris, The Netherlands & Imperial Institute of England, Indian School of Oriental Art, American Federation of Art, Athenee Gallery of Geneva, Centenary Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, etc. Even the Lucknow and Haripura Session of the Indian National Congress exhibited the works of Nand Lal Bose.

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