The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on Southeast Asia

The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on Southeast Asia

Venka Purushothaman

Format: Print Book

ISBN: 9789814517843

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To commemorate the centenary of artist Sukumar Bose (1912–1986), this book attempts to take an incisive look at the artist, his works and the context of his art production in South and Southeast Asia. Bose’s art varied from the traditional to the decorative and ornamental, with a hint of the Oriental flavour. His work demonstrated traces of the Bengal School styles of Abanindranath Tagore and AR Chugtai. Be it figurative, landscape or abstract, Bose’s art synthesized the decorative elements of Indo-Persian miniatures with Chinese and Japanese techniques. In this context, his vision and passion were inspired by traditional art forms, including Ajanta, Rajput and Mughal miniatures. His incisive observations of life, people and cultures, during colonial and postcolonial India and his later sojourn into Southeast Asia, emerge as both a contested yet seamless narrative of history and hope in his art. This book is the first of its kind to document and give a critical overview of Sukumar Bose.

(Length x Height x Width) in mm :244 x 260
Weight in grams: 1700
Author Biography:Venka Purushothaman is an art writer, academic, and arts and cultural manager. He is currently Vice President (Academic) & Provost at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.
Binding: Hardcover
Keywords: Asian / Indian & South Asian
Page count: 234
Imprint: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Publication Date: 20131030

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