Rabindra Chitravali

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Rabindra Chitravali
Author R. Siva Kumar
Country India
Language English
Subject Rabindranath Tagore's Paintings and Philosophy of Art
Genre Art
Publisher Pratikshan
Publication date
Pages 1600+
ISBN Vol1: 978-81-89323-30-1 Vol2: 978-81-89323-31-1 Vol3: 978-81-89323-32-1 Vol4: 978-81-89323-33-1 Set: 978-81-89323-34-1 Catalogue: 978-81-89323-40-0

Rabindra Chitravali, edited by noted art historian R. Siva Kumar, brings together in four volumes the paintings of Rabindranth Tagore. The core of this corpus is his paintings in the Rabindra Bhavana and Kala Bhavana collections of Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, numbering about 1700 objects. To this will be added paintings in the collection of National Gallery of Modern Art and the collections at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Bangalore, and Indian Museum, Kolkata, bringing the total number of paintings to more than 2000 in all.[1][2]

Rabindra Chitravali made the paintings accessible to art historians and scholars of Tagore with critical annotations and comments, but also brings together a selection of Tagore’s own statements and documents relating to the presentation and reception of his paintings during his lifetime.


R. Siva Kumar said that reproducing the works in print was important in making them accessible to the public, as "The ink used in the originals is not very durable. The paintings can’t be left in the open for long".[2]

In a review for the Royal Asiatic Society, Cambridge Journals, W. Andrew Robinson called the reproductions of "unparalleled quality" and said the four volumes cover almost all of Tagore's existing work, though some works are missing.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pratikshan :: Rabindra Chitravali". Pratikshanbooks.com. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Tagore paintings glow on his 150th birth anniversary". Hindustan Times. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  3. ^ Review of Book