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A History of Indian Painting - The Modern Period
A History of Indian Painting - The Modern Period

A History of Indian Painting - The Modern Period

by Krishna Chaitanya

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Language

English

Publisher

Abhinav Publications

ISBN

8170173108 - Year: 1994 - Pages: 460

Binding

Hardcover

Krishna Chaitanya

Author: Krishna Chaitanya
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
Year: 1994
Language: English
Pages: 460
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170173108

Description

With 54 color and 166 halftone illustration, this work is the fifth and final volume in series of Indian painting. The fourth volume had closed with the exhaustion of the Rajput schools bringing the story up to the end of the eighteenth century.

A stereotype of current art history is the assumption that the nineteenth century saw almost a total decline of the arts in India. The volume presents ample data to show that, at the level of folk culture, the visual arts continued to flourish with very little loss of vigor. It has many further paradoxes to reveal. The revival of classical art in the first decades of the twentieth century was in spite of its loud claims made by the many 'Progressive' groups in their manifestos at the time of Independence were swiftly forgotten; art became formalist and took to imitating the fashions of the west.

This volume has traced numerous fascinating ways in which genes in the gene pool of tradition have modulated and mutated to modernism. While, in order to be art, aesthetic and formal criteria have to be fulfilled, in order to be great art, some alliance to great human ends has to be forged. The evaluation of art has kept this consistently in mind and it has revealed modern Indian art to be as spiritual, though in its stranger way, as the traditional.

Contents

Chapter 1
A TWILIT LANDSCAPE

Painting in the Sikh Epoch
The Later Rajput Period
The Maratha Epoch
Painting in Tanjore
Painting in Karnataka

Chapter 2
A BRIGHTER PANORAMA

Tribal Painting
Paintings for Bardic Recitals
Tantra
Symbolic Art in Folk Ritual Art of Calligraphy
Pichhavais and Orissan Pats
Kalamkari
Madhubani Paintings

Chapter 3
CHALLENGES AND RESPONSE

Company Painting
Kalighat Painting
Popular Painting to Pop Art
Ravi Varma

Chapter 4
REVIVALIST PAINTING

Havell and Revivalist Doctrine
Abanindranath and Revivalist Practice
Revivalism in Retrospect

Chapter 5
THE PIONEERS OF MODERNISM

Jamini Roy
Amrita Shergil
Gaganendranath
Rabindranath Tagore
Three Painters of Shantiniketan

Chapter 6
CURTAIN-RISE ON CONTEMPORARY SCENE

A Vision and its Fading
Mastering the Instrumentalities
New Sprouts from Old Roots

Chapter 7
ART AND AMBIENCE

Retreat and Encounter
Ambient Nature The World of Men

Chapter 8
APOCALYPSE AND REDEMPTION

Art and Life
Apocalyptic Images
Redemptive Gleams

Index

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