This postcard flips. Image side: Portrait orientation. Water colour by Abanindranath Tagore with a man seated on a chair, reading a newspaper. He wears a blue coat. The perspective is skewed as it is in the Cubist mode of painting. In the background there is a window into an urban landscape. At the bottom is writen 'The new infectionism...ANT.' Writing side: Postal stamp and addressee details.

Abanindranath Tagore

The New Infectionism, Postcard to Gauribala Dasi, Santiniketan

23 June 1922

Collection: DAG Museums

While Abanindranath explored a pan-Asian identity in art, Gaganendranath Tagore experimented with caricature, Cubism and a host of other techniques. In this postcard, Abanindranath makes a tongue-in-cheek reference to what he calls ‘The New Infectionism,’ showing that such stylistic experiments are not beyond him either.

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