At this time he was greatly
encouraged by Sister Nivedita. She came with Jagadishchandra Bose to see Nandalal's
paintings. She became a great friend of the artist.
Nandalal Bose was excellent not only with his brush but also with his pen. When Sister
Nivedita died, his words competed with his colors: "There was a rare kindness in her
face. There was the radiance of purity and strength. Any one who saw that face once could
never forget it.
All that I can say about her encouragement to me will be too little. In her death I
have lost my guardian angel. I was introduced to Ramakrishna and Vivekananda by her."
Nandalal Bose was not only a great painter; he played a leading role in the renaissance
of art. He was one of our renaissance figures along with Asit Kumar Halder,Surendranath
Ganguli, Samarendra Gupta, Kshitindranath Majumdar, Surendranath Kar, K.
Venkatappa, Hakim Moh ammed Khan, Shailendranath Dey and Durga Simha. Abanindranath
Tagore was the source of inspiration to all these.