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

Creation date: January 1959
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Ink Painting
Medium and Support: Ink on paper
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Kevin and Tamara Kinsella
Accession Number: 2006.5
Dimensions: 11 1/2 in. x 17 1/4 in. (29.21 cm x 43.82 cm)


Supratik Bose, Cambridge, Massachusetts ( - February 1, 2006)

Nandalal Bose, West Bengal, India (January 1959 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 1, 2006 - )

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February 2008
Nandalal Bose Exhibition
Nandalal created many drawings of the daily activities of the Nulia fishermen on his travels to Gopalpur, near Puri on the coast of Orissa. Here, he renders the waves with more fanciful and stylized forms. On the representation of water, Nandalal wrote in 1956: “The sphere is the symbol of water; it becomes a circle in two-dimensional space. By itself the shape of water is globular; this changes when it comes into or against something else. While flowing on the earth it forms circular whirls, under the wind’s impact undulating waves. Being liquid and heavy at the same time, its lines bend downward. . . .”
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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: 216, Figure Number: 85

Sugata Bose, ed. Cosmopolitan Thought Zones Palgrave Macmillan. Hampshire, England, 2010

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