The tumultuous last decades of British colonialism in India were catalyzed by more than the work of Mahatma Gandhi and violent conflicts. The concurrent upheavals in Western art driven by the advent of modernism provided Indian artists in post-1920 India a powerful tool of colonial resistance. Art historian Partha Mitter explores in this book this lesser known facet of Indian art and history. Taking the 1922 Bauhaus exhibition in Calcutta as the debut of European modernism in India, 'The Triumph of Modernism' probes the intricate interplay of Western modernism and Indian nationalism in the evolution of colonial-era Indian art. Mitter casts his gaze across a myriad of issues, including the emergence of a feminine voice in Indian art, the decline of 'oriental art', and the rise of naturalism and modernism in the 1920s. Nationalist politics also played a large role, from the struggle of artists in reconciling Indian nationalism with imperial patronage of the arts to the relationship between primitivism and modernism in Indian art.

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Partha MITTER

Location code REF.MIP3
Language

English

Keywords

art historypaintingsculptureIndia

Publication/Creation date

2007

No of pages

272

ISBN / ISSN

9780195693362

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
The Formalist Prelude
The Indian Discourse of Primitivism
1. Two Pioneering Women Artists
2. Rabindranath Tagore's Vision of Art and the Community
3. Jamini Roy and Art for the Communtiy
Naturalists in the Age of Modernism
1. The Regional Expressions of Academic Naturalism
2. From Orientalism to a New Naturalism: K. Venkatappa and Deviprosad Roy Chowdhury
Contested Nationalism: The New Delhi and India House Murals
The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-garde, 1922-1947
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