Born in Kolkata
on 7th August, 1871, Abanindranath Tagore is one of most gifted portrait painters that India has produced. He is often regarded as the father of modern Indian art. He mastered painting lessons from British and Italian instructors - Olinto Gilhardi and Charles Palmer respectively - and became versatile in Japanese brushwork under the training of Yokoyama Taikan. In 1907, he established the Indian Society of Oriental Art to enhance Indian art. Arabian Nights, Krishnalila, Lovelorn Yaksha, Devadasi are some of his well known works. Krishnalila, a set of paintings, is a blend of Indian and European styles. His paintings have been exhibited in Paris, London, and Tokyo. He passed away in 1951.