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Tagore's Paintings: Versification In Line  (English, Hardcover, Som Sovon)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Niyogi Books
    • Genre: Art
    • ISBN: 9788189738945, 8189738941
    • Pages: 96
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    Rabindranath Tagore, in the prefatory note in his Birmingham exhibition had commented: ‘My pictures are my versification in lines. If by any chance, they are entitled to claim recognition, it must be primarily for some rhythmic significance of form, which is ultimate and not for any interpretation of an idea or representation of fact.’ Breaking away from his image as the philosopher-poet of Gitanjali, that permeated an aura of mysticism, an ambience of peace and sublime harmony, Tagore set forth on this adventurous journey in the wonderful domain of art at a time when both health and words were failing him. Painting was seen by him as the epilogue to his life, a means to recollect memories and refurbish certain images that haunted him.

    Tagore’s Paintings: Versification in Lines outlines the creative process behind Tagore’s experiments with ink and colour. What began as emendations and rhythmic linear traceries gradually took diagrammatic abstract forms, creating curves and loops or flowing in a jagged manner, and moving in search of recognisable bodies or towards figuration. Tagore’s unrestrained expression in lines played havoc in the complacent and stagnant world of Indian art and paved the way towards modernism. The images presented in this book have been selected to support the author’s fastidious research of Tagore’s paintings, and the captions added to them, complement his analyses.

    About The Author
    Sovon Som, born in 1932 at Silchar, Assam, studied art under the tutelage of Nandalal Bose in Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. He was professor of History of Art and Dean of Visual Arts at Rabindra Bharati University. He was the visiting professor at Havana University in Cuba and Comenius University in Slovakia in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Besides being an internationally acclaimed art critic, he was a painter, poet, essayist, curator, musicologist, scriptwriter, and the first critic to study Tagore’s paintings meticulously. His demise in 2010 has left a void in the realm of art.

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    Revelations of genius

    I have to be frank and say I would not have known about Tagore the artist if I had not laid my hand on this excellent book. There is a series of very taking essays that interests even layman art lovers like me and then the connection to the paintings of Tagore shown in the pictures happen in sync. The pics as always are of the best possible quality and supplements the intentions of the writer. It's certainly on the expensive side for a straight buy, but I think one will not regret this.
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    Suneetha

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    Gurudeb's Paintings!

    I hail from a traditional Bengali family and as would be expected Rabindranath Tagore’s name is part of the everyday converstations that go on in our house. Mostly the allusions are made to his songs or his poems or his novels. I myself have only rarely heard a mention of his paintings in the family. I guess this is so because his paintings have achieved relatively less acclaim due to the universal approbation of his literal works. So when I bought this book home, it opened up and entirely ne...
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    Moushami Bose

    20 Dec, 2011

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    The best birthday gift I ever got

    I’m a fan of Tagore’s work. I’ve relished each and every one of his poetry and prose pieces. His perspective is that of a sublime artist, in my opinion, a quality which is even more easily visible in his paintings. Sovon Som has done a great job at compiling, contextualizing and critiquing this great man’s paintings, which due to the popularity of his literary works has been, sort of, glossed over. I got this book as a gift on my birthday and I must say it’s the best birthday gift I’ve ever r...
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    Priya Chaudhury

    19 Dec, 2011

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    A book to be had

    I had read Tagore in school as a part of the prescribed curriculum. I didn’t care much for his poetry or anybody else’s for that matter. I don’t have much of a literary inclination, so I didn’t give him much thought. I recently discovered, through this book, that he painted. I didn’t know that about him and since this revelation I’ve begun to look at him differently. Although I’m no literary expert still I can say that his paintings are very different from his poems. I love the abstraction in...
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    Ramesh Yadav

    18 Dec, 2011

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    Rabindranath Tagore, the painter, is a relatively less known figure in the world. His prose and poetry has overshadowed his paintings which present a very different side of his personality. This book exhibits that very difference and Sovon Som’s historically and artistically informed essay provide valuable commentary and context in this regard. The presence pictures of his paintings, coupled with the essays, make the book is a ‘must have’ for Tagore’s admirers and art buffs.
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    Sohail Khan

    17 Dec, 2011

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    alluring beauty.

    A great tribute on this polymath: Tagore was a poet, fiction writer, dramatist, painter, educator, political thinker, philosopher of science.The variety and quality of the pictures are unbelievable! The book is for ages ! Its alluring beauty will not fade in any way !
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    Arya Sengupta

    12 Dec, 2011

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    Great Market for Tagore's paintings.

    The drawings of Rabindranath Tagore proved that the poet, though a master in the use of words, felt that certain things can be better expressed, or perhaps only expressed in the language of line, tone and colour.The work of Rabindranath Tagore, singularly free from conventions and schooling, is subject to a discipline of its own. This book , in a nut shell is such a grand effort to gather them together.Tagore’s paintings are big attractions now-a-days.They are hugely priced in Indian markets ...
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    Raman Kartha.

    6 Dec, 2011

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