Gaganendranath Tagore

(1867-1938)

One of the earliest modern artists in India, Gaganendranath Tagore was the nephew of Rabindranath Tagore and belonged to the renowned Tagore family whose creativity defined Bengal’s cultural life. Having received no formal education in the field of art, Tagore was mainly a self-taught artist. Although he was closely associated with the aesthetic values of the Bengal School he was inspired by the visiting Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan and other Far Eastern styles, early in his artistic life. Gaganendranath pioneered experiments in modernist painting. His exposure to art practices all around the world helped him to create a distinctly original style of painting. From 1925 onwards, the artist developed a complex post-cubist style. Although he is best known for his social satire drawings and caricatures on westernized bengalis which were a strong commentary on the impact of colonial rule.