On Nandalal Bose’s Ideas on Art

Nandalal Bose says: “In art three points are essential. We may say that the top point of the triangle is inspiration and the two points of the base are the study of nature and the study of tradition.” Nandalal’s saying is true; but the three have to be combined and developed and harmonised in their combination to a sufficient degree before they bear the fruit of finished or great art.

– 10 January, 1936

In a letter to me, Nandalal wrote of love as “the only thing for Art”.

It is a way of speaking, I suppose, in accordance with his own experience. It is the creative Force which he calls Love—others might call it by another name because they see it in another aspect.

– 4 November, 1933

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