Postcard in landscape orientation. It was drawn in Puri in 1941. The swirling waves and clouds intermingle in this line drawing of the sea at Puri. There are fluid, flowing shapes that seem to crash upon the shore but not with aggression but energetic beauty. The frothy edges of the waves break the rhythm with squiggly lines, creating a contrast with the force of the wind and water.
Postcard in landscape orientation. It was drawn in Puri in 1941. The swirling waves and clouds intermingle in this line drawing of the sea at Puri. There are fluid, flowing shapes that seem to crash upon the shore but not with aggression but energetic beauty. The frothy edges of the waves break the rhythm with squiggly lines, creating a contrast with the force of the wind and water.

Nandalal Bose

Postcard to Ramesh Charan Basu Majumdar from Puri

1941

Collection: JBMRC

As you lose yourself in the waves of Nandalal’s drawing from Puri, it is difficult not to think of Hokusai’s “The Great Wave of Kanagawa.” Following his travels and stay in Japan in 1924 and the resulting cultural exchanges, Nandalal would have encountered the school of Ukiyo-e woodcut prints that were in wide circulation.

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