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Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose

Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose

by Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
Introduction by John M. Rosenfield; contributions from Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, Pramod Chandra, A. Ramachandran, Debashish Banerji, Kumamoto Kenjiro, R. Siva Kumar, K. G. Subramanyan, and Sugata Bose

At a time when India’s artistic traditions had been largely lost after fifty years of British colonial rule, one artist, Nandalal Bose, made a unique contribution through art and education towards the cultural regeneration and independence of the nation. In thousands of works of remarkable depth and variety, he synthesized aspects from India’s ancient artistic heritage—knowledge which was just beginning to be available—with indigenous methods and materials, a variety of elements learned from Japanese and Chinese sources, and distinctly modern sensibilities, all unified by an underlying spirituality. Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose explores India’s crucial period of transition from colony to independent nation through the lens of the premier artist of the time.

With contributions by eight distinguished scholars, including historians, art historians, and artists spanning three generations, the essays and catalogue entries present a full view of Nandalal’s works, life, and the vital times of ferment during which he lived. This full-color catalogue is lavishly illustrated with works by Nandalal and comparative examples of historical, colonial, and modern Indian art as well as rare documentary photographs.

About the Author
Sonya Rhie Quintanilla received her BA in South Asian Art and Religion from Smith College and her PhD in South Asian Art History from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She is the author of History of Early Stone Sculpture at Mathura, Ca. 150 BCE–100 CE (Brill, 2007) and numerous articles on aspects of Indian art. She is the Curator of Asian Art at the San Diego Museum of Art.

245 pages, color throughout
11 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches