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Pink Lotuses

Nandalal Bose (AKA Nandlal Bose), Indian, (December 3, 1882–April 16, 1966)

Creation date: June 19, 1959
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Ink Painting
Medium and Support: Ink and colors on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Supratik Bose
Accession Number: 2006.191
Dimensions: 17 in. x 15 1/2 in. (43.18 cm x 39.37 cm)


Supratik Bose, San Diego, California ( - July 22, 2006)

Nandalal Bose, West Bengal, India (June 19, 1959 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (July 22, 2006 - )

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February 2008
Nandalal Bose Exhibition
Like artists working in India for more than two thousand years before his time, Nandalal paints lotus flowers in varying stages of bloom, as though referring to the stages of life. Since the earliest surviving expressions of Indian ornamental vocabulary, the lotus has been the most prominent type of imagery. Being a water plant, the lotus refers to the purifying and life-giving waters that are essential for all life. In works such as this Nandalal perpetuates the millennia-old Indian tradition.
Last Updated: 12/9/2016


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose San Diego Museum of Art , 2/23/2008 - 9/1/2008


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Sonya Quintanilla and Ms. Tiffany Lee. Rhythms of India: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2008
Page Number: 206-207, 212, Figure Number: 81

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