Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Landscapes Of Nandalal Bose (1882–1966): Japanism, Nationalism And Populism In Modern India

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

For Nandalal Bose, the art of landscape was a set of acquired symbols, which he used to challenge conventional artistic practices. Bose was among the first Indian artists to treat landscape as an independent subject. Swadeshi was triggered by Lord Curzon's partitioning of Bengal, an event widely perceived as an effort to strangle the growing nationalism in that region. Bose's Japanism might not have developed without the professional support and inspiration of Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath's famous uncle. Many of Bose's concerns were shared by Mohandas Gandhi, who likewise lamented the squalor of Indian villages as a social and national problem. The simplicity of brushwork and motif that characterize both paintings and many of Bose's other landscapes are striking departures from the highly embellished traditions of Indian painting. Bose made it a regular practice to draw and sketch. The pastoral setting of Santiniketan provided him with a wealth of subjects.

Keywords: Abanindranath; India; Japanism; Mohandas Gandhi; Nandalal Bose; nationalism; Rabindranath Tagore; Swadeshi



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Okakura Tenshin and Pan-Asianism — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation