The present painting depicts Queen Tissarakshita, sitting

The present painting depicts Queen Tissarakshita, sitting

5/11/2021, 3:10:04 PM
The present painting depicts Queen Tissarakshita, sitting in front of the railings of the Buddhist monument at Sanchi. A note on the back of this work gives the title ‘The Queen of Asoka’ and notes ‘King Ashoka was extremely fond of the Bodhi Tree – his Queen Tissarakshita became jealous of the sacred tree and in a fit of anger destroys it. Signed - A Tagore – completed on the 29th December 1911.’ The artist captures Tissarakshita’s mixed feelings of both triumph and regret as she stares at the wilting Bodhi tree, the jewels her husband sent it still hanging from its branches. The Queen thought that he was sending jewels to another women and realised too late that she had poisoned the scared tree. Abanindranath Tagore pioneered the Bengal School, the first nationalist art movement in India. He grew up in Calcutta at the height of the Raj, surrounded by the imagery of Victorian and Edwardian Britain and didn’t encounter ‘traditional’ Indian painting until in he was in his twenties. This discovery came at a time of widespread questioning of power relations in both the intellectual and cultural spheres of Bengal which had enormous impact on his work. Tagore was interested in looking back to the past: at themes from history and pre-colonial art. His main argument was that Indian artists should reject European academic art. Instead he took inspiration from Mughal and Rajput painting as well as contemporary Japanese and Chinese painting. Japanese artists of the early 20th century also reacted against Western art and it was from Yokoyama Taikan that Tagore learnt morotai, a hazy style of Japanese wash that became Tagore’s signature style. Tissarakshita, Queen of Asoka, 1911 by Abanindranath Tagore. 🏛️: Royal Collection. #arteesamor #historyofart #arthistory #arte #indianpainting #indianart #queen #ashoka #tagore #abanindranathtagore #bengalartists #indianartist #beautiful #20thcentury #royalcollection #masterpiece #beauty #artgallery #bodhitree #artlovers #ancientart #india #contemporaryart

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