Author: Krishna ChaitanyaPublisher: Abhinav PublicationsYear: 1994Language: EnglishPages: 460ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170173108
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.
Chapter 1A TWILIT LANDSCAPEPainting in the Sikh EpochThe Later Rajput PeriodThe Maratha EpochPainting in TanjorePainting in KarnatakaChapter 2A BRIGHTER PANORAMATribal PaintingPaintings for Bardic RecitalsTantraSymbolic Art in Folk Ritual Art of CalligraphyPichhavais and Orissan PatsKalamkariMadhubani PaintingsChapter 3CHALLENGES AND RESPONSECompany PaintingKalighat PaintingPopular Painting to Pop ArtRavi VarmaChapter 4REVIVALIST PAINTINGHavell and Revivalist DoctrineAbanindranath and Revivalist PracticeRevivalism in RetrospectChapter 5THE PIONEERS OF MODERNISMJamini RoyAmrita ShergilGaganendranathRabindranath TagoreThree Painters of ShantiniketanChapter 6 CURTAIN-RISE ON CONTEMPORARY SCENEA Vision and its FadingMastering the InstrumentalitiesNew Sprouts from Old RootsChapter 7ART AND AMBIENCERetreat and EncounterAmbient Nature The World of MenChapter 8APOCALYPSE AND REDEMPTIONArt and LifeApocalyptic ImagesRedemptive GleamsIndex