‘This pioneering book is an authentic portrayal of the formative years of modern Indian art, when its parameters were being established. Between its hesitant beginnings in British-established art schools, and the inspired individualism of many present day artists, lies the story of the Progressive Artist Group. These young painters, who rebelled both against the Bengal school, as well as the "naturalism" introduced by the art schools, met frequently, holding night-long discussions, in their struggle to survive in the dramatic development of contemporary Indian art.’ (Excerpt from front flap)

Includes 180 colour plates and additional black-and-white photographs. Selected writings by art critic Rudolf von Leyden from 1940 to 1953 are also provided in the appendix, intended not only to throw light on the art activity of that period but also the parameters being formed for assessing it.

Access level

Onsite

practitioner

Rudolf VON LEYDEN

Location code REF.DAY
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2001

No of pages

339

ISBN / ISSN

0195653289

No of copies

2

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Art in Pre-Independence India: Discourses, Dilemmas and Debates
A Bid for Modernism
The Banquet Years
A Passion for the Human Figure: Francis Newton Souza
A Metaphor for Modernity: Maqbool Fida Husain
The Stillness of Life: Krishnaji Howlaji Ara
Journeys with the Black Sun: Sayed Haider Raza
Those Uninhabited Houses: Hari Ambadas Gade
The View from the Wings: Sadanand K. Bakre
The Last Supper
The Making of Modern Indian Art: The Progressives
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