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The minimal use of colour and block-like line work does not tarnish the elegance of the figure. This painting by Rabindranth Tagore is silence incarnate, resting against a woman’s features. This painting makes one feel as though there is another person just beyond the frame, conversing with her, finding solace in her patient understanding. A slight tilt of the head suggests inclination towards the unheard flowing words, yet the sombre expression could only be a response to serious sentiments. Tagore’s unique style, which many have tried to interpret, is difficult to analyse. It is meant only to be felt and experienced. The painting has the poignant ability to absorb the mood of the subject and induce a state of thoughtfulness within the viewer. Tagore’s portraiture departs from the usual styles of portrait painting. His portraits concentrate not upon the realistic depiction of the facial features and the clothing, but upon the elucidation of a certain expression through lines. The portrait is predominantly shrouded in darkness, with a monochromatic hue used just in order to distinguish the forms from one another. The face has a sense of belonging to a real human being without having to be caught up in the details of a face. It is the affection expressed by the face, which important for Tagore

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