Misty Mountains in paintings by Gaganendranath Tagore

Untitled (Himalayan Landscape) circa 1920s / Gifted by the artist to Indra Dugar / Sotheby’s 2015 

Gaganendranath Tagore is counted among India’s early modern artists and as a ‘National Treasure’. In 1915, for the first time, he traveled to Darjeeling for the summer in the mountains instead of his usual trip to the seaside in Puri. After that, the mountains started to make a frequent appearance in his artworks. Mountains have been a popular subject for many artists, but we love how Tagore creates the ‘mist’ / ‘fog’ effect! If you look closely, you can spot human figures in both the paintings (above and below)!

Untitled (Darjeeling), Circa 1920s / Private Collection
Untitled, Gaganendranath Tagore / Sotheby’s ‘Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art’ auction, October, 2023

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