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The Making of a New 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal, c.1850-1920

The Making of a New 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal, c.1850-1920

by Tapati Guha-Thakurta


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This book offers a path-breaking analysis of the transformations that occurred in the art and aesthetic values of Bengal during the colonial and nationalist periods. Tapati Guha-Thakurta moves beyond most existing assumptions and narratives to explore the complexities and diversities of the changes generated by Western contacts and nationalist preoccupation's in art. She examines the shifts both in the forms and practices of painting as well as in the ideas and opinions about Indian art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521052733
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/03/2007
Series: Cambridge South Asian Studies , #52
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 919,975
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Photographic acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Glossary; Preface; Introduction; 1. Artisans, artists and popular picture production in nineteenth-century Calcutta; 2. The art-school artists in Calcutta: professions, practice and patronage in the late nineteenth century; 3. Indigenous commercial enterprise and the popular art market in Calcutta: the emergence of a new Indian iconography; 4. Tradition and nationalism in Indian art: art-histories and aesthetic discourse in Bengal in the late nineteenth century; 5. Orientalism and the new claims for Indian art: the ideas of Havell, Coomaraswamy, Okakura and Nivedita; 6. The contest over tradition and nationalism: differing aesthetic formulations for 'Indian' painting; 7. Artists and aesthetics: Abanindranath Tagore and the 'New School of Indian Painting'; Epilogue: the twenties; Bibliography; Index.

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