'The book opens with a view of realist painting as it was introduced into Thailand. The synthesis of Chinese and Western influences on Thai architecture, mural paintings, decorative arts, and printmaking during the second half of the nineteenth is discussed, followed by an account of the quest for reality, as expressed in photography, portraiture, and sculpture, in the early years of the twentieth century. Special attention is given in the early chapter to King Chulalongkorn, whose patronage played a major role in disseminating Western art in Bangkok, and to the Italian art teacher, Silpa Bhirasri, a pivotal figure in the institutional development of modern art in Thailand in the 1930s and 1940s.

It then follows the trajectory of modernism to the present day, tracing the adaptation of European art styles, the revival and re-examination of an authentic Thai cultural tradition, the impact of social and political events, and the importance of patronage and institutionalized art. ' - Apinan Poshyananda

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Chapter headings
The Threshold of Modern Art in Siam
Modern Thai Painting and Sculpture at a Crossroads
Progressive Trends in Modern Thai Art
The Art Scene in the 1960s
Abstract and Non-figurative Art
Thematic Art
Taste, Value, and Commodity
From Modern to (Post?) Modern Art in Thailand
Modern Art in Thailand: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
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Modern Art in Thailand: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries