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Tapestry of Rashid Chowdhury
CUM 2114
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Asia began a new chapter in the history of art. The renaissance of Tapestry Art has been intiated by him. He obtained a French Government scholarship to study at Ecole National des Beaux Arts and at the Julien Rivierra Studio (1960-64) where he worked with Marc Chagall and Jean Lurcat. Working initially with jute and cotton, and then with jute, cotton and silk, he transformed the traditional loom to produce a sophisticated tapestry of very high quality. Chowdhury proved his distinctiveness — particularly in terms of design and color composition. The thickness of colors, various geometric compositions and aestheticism characterise his works. The artist used azure, white, black, crimson, green, brown and more. He was deeply inspired by varied organic forms, like vegetation, flowers and plants. Chowdhury made a great attempt to present synchronization of colors in his works. He used colors with vivid splendour to give a distinct message through his works, which for many years impressed art aficionados both at home and abroad. The main characteristic of the works of Rashid choudhury is his effort to blend his own tradition with modern western art. The elements in Rashid Choudhury’s works gradually assume obscure, unknown forms that are semi-abstract.

History of the Object
Artist Rashid Chaudhury (1932-1986) was the pioneer of tapestry in this country and definitely the finest artist of this particular genre to date. He successfully introduced tapestry in various forms. His works are unparalleled in their subjects and uniqueness. He built institutions for art education in 1968, the Fine Arts Department was established in the Chittagong University. He joined there as the first teacher and played a major role in developing this department. 1973 he took the main initiative in establishing the Fine Arts College of Chittagong. This Tapestry of Rahid Chowdhury has collected by Chittagong University Central Library and donated it to the Chittagong University Museum in 2008.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silk on Canvas 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Rashid Chowdhury 
Creator date
(1923-1986) 
Where it was made
Chittagong 
Geography
Bangladesh 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
1976 
Function
Fine Art 
Acquisition
Donation from Chittagong University Library 
Copyright
Chittagong University Museum 
Acknowledgements
Chittagong University Museum 
Owner
Chittagong University Museum 
Museum
Chittagong University Museum 
Credit line
Chittagong University Museum 

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