Untitled (Mask or Head)

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

Geography:
Made in West Bengal, Bengal Region, India, Asia

Period:
Modern Period

Date:
c. 1930

Medium:
Pen and ink over graphite on wove paper

Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 3/16 × 9 1/16 inches (31 × 23 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1966-189-5

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1966

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Tagore’s masklike, enigmatic faces bring to mind portraits by Bauhaus artists like Paul Klee and Lyonel Feininger. When Tagore’s paintings were exhibited in Paris in 1930, local artists and critics readily appreciated his stark studies of the human visage. Yet these works were often met with puzzlement in India, where such bold experiments with abstraction were still rarely seen.