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Untitled (Banyan Trees, Palm Tree, and Altar)

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In this monochromatic ink drawing, the trunk of a palm tree shoots upward through the mass of branches produced by a neighboring banyan tree. The scene recalls a well-known Bengali poem by Rabindranath Tagore, who founded the school where Nandalal Bose spent much of his life as a teacher and an artist: “One-legged palm tree/topping the other trees/peering at the sky […]”. A seated figure at a modest altar seen through the tree trunks lends the scene a sense of human scale.
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art Nandalal Bose Santiniketan West Bengal India (-1966) by inheritance; to his son Biswarup Bose Santiniketan West Bengal India (1966-1969 to 1971) gift; to Supratik Bose grandson of Nandalal Bose Cambridge MA (between 1969 and 1971-2014) gift; to the Harvard Art Museums. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum Gift of Mary K. Eliot and Supratik Bose in honor of Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
Title: Untitled (Banyan Trees, Palm Tree, and Altar)
Description:
In this monochromatic ink drawing, the trunk of a palm tree shoots upward through the mass of branches produced by a neighboring banyan tree.
The scene recalls a well-known Bengali poem by Rabindranath Tagore, who founded the school where Nandalal Bose spent much of his life as a teacher and an artist: “One-legged palm tree/topping the other trees/peering at the sky […]”.
A seated figure at a modest altar seen through the tree trunks lends the scene a sense of human scale.

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