[Meditation]. Linoleum cut. 7 x 9 inches (framed 16 x 19 1/4). A rich impression printed on fibrous brown paper. Signed in ink. Framed and glazed. $3,000.
Sir Rabindranath Tagore. c. 1939. Drypoint. 13 3/4 x 7 1/8 (sheet 17 3/16 x 11 3/4). An extremely rich impression with plate tone printed on simili-Japan paper by the artist himself. Signed, titled and annotated 'imp' in pencil. $450.
Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali: Rabindranath Thakur) 1861 – 1941, was was a Bengali poet from India, Brahmo Samaj (syncretic Hindu monotheist) philosopher, visual artist, playwright, composer, and novelist whose avant-garde works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A celebrated cultural icon of Bengal, he became Asia's first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was knighted, but disowned his knighthood in 1919 in progest to an incident in which British troops fired upon Punjab rioters.
At age sixty, Tagore took up drawing and painting; successful exhibitions of his many works—which made a debut appearance in Paris upon encouragement by artists he met in the south of France, were held throughout Europe. In 1940 Oxford University arranged a special ceremony in Santiniketan to honor the poet with Doctorate Of Literature.
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