Untitled (Head of a Woman)

Rabindranath Tagore, Indian (eastern India, Calcutta), 1861 - 1941

Made in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), West Bengal, Bengal Region, India, Asia
or made in Santiniketan, West Bengal, Bengal Region, India, Asia

Modern Period

c. 1934-1940

Opaque watercolor on Japanese mulberry paper

Sheet: 15 3/8 × 9 3/16 inches (39.1 × 23.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1966

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A Nobel Laureate in literature, Rabindranath Tagore had always doodled in the margins of his manuscripts, but did not begin creating separate drawings and paintings until the 1920s. In his last years he exhibited these works across Europe and the United States--including Philadelphia--to provide funds for Visva Bharati, his experimental university at Santiniketan, in rural Bengal. The art historian Stella Kramrisch (1896-1993) began her teaching career at Santiniketan and Calcutta University before coming to the University of Pennsylvania. She acquired seven of Tagore's paintings, which she gave to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she was curator of Indian art from 1954 until her death in 1993.