'The six artists this book takes up cover a range of sensibilities and ideas that have prevailed in contemporary Indian art during the last three decades — the period after Independence during which Indian art has come into its own as a contemporary expression of some significance.
The first three artists — Souza, Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee — are seen specifically in the context of Western art. This enables us to discern affiliations of their stylistic attributes with certain prominent reference points in the modern tradition. The other three artists — Husain, Bhupen Khakhar, and Swaminathan — have consciously tried to work out indigenous idioms to express experiences located in the tradition and contemporary reality of India. They are therefore studied in the larger context of contemporary Indian culture.
The author undertook extended interviews with the artists to work out a pattern of relationships between the life, ideas, and work of the artists to construct a set of living pictures.' (Front flap)
First published in 1978. Includes 72 black-and-white plates. With bibliography.
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