Today I discovered these dynamic, stylized animal paintings by Rabindranath Tagore. Something about them caught my imagination.
I’m an artist, (I like the German term Kunstarbeiter – “cultural worker”) and though you might think artists themselves are the best qualified people to talk about art, we’re not.
I respond viscerally to form and color, but it’s difficult for me to express this in words. Even though I can express most other things in words without a problem. The visual processing side of my brain does not like to work with the verbal processing side. So my remarks about the art I see and the art I do tend to be minimalistic. I can say that the fluid lines of Tagore’s work appeal to me. I don’t like square corners and boxy, rectangular shapes; they remind me too much of the brutalist architecture I grew up around. Tagore’s forms have a natural flow. I’m not sure what this animal is, it looks rather duck-ish, but I am sure it’s free-range.
Tagore’s work has been seldom seen outside India. But now, from 11th December 2011 to March 4th 2012, you can catch his exhibition of 50 paintings at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.