Tagore gravitated towards the world of paintings in his late sixties, which was triggered by a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the language of words. Although Tagore did not receive any formal training in painting, the late biographer Prasanta Kumar Paul argued that Tagore, along with his peers, may have received some training in his childhood. Paul also noted that Tagore may have been influenced by Jyotirindranath Tagore (1849-1925). His first exhibition in Europe, in 1930, was well received by viewers. Many of his priceless works, which had been left behind, are placed alongside works of some of the most eminent artists of 20th century.
Rabindranath Tagore’s ashramic educational institution, Visva Bharati, saw a shift from the colonial to Indian architectural style. Tagore invited Surendranath Kar, who accompanied him in many of his travels to spend time in Santiniketan to create and design architectural plans under Tagore’s guidance. Tagore died at the age of eighty, on 7th August, 1941.
Source: The Tagore Triad, edited by Debdutta Gupta (Mapin Publishing & Akar Prakar)