The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and Southeast Asia

The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and 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.


The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and Southeast Asia was awarded the Best Art Book Accolade in the Social Sciences category by the ICAS Book Prize (IBP) 2015 Reading Committee of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). Please visit the ICAS site for details.

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Buy by Chapter (individual chapters fulfilled in digital format)
Preliminary pages
1. Negotiating Culture & Postcolonialism in the Art of Sukumar Bose
2. The Artist, My Father — Recollections by Debashis Bose, Raja Bose & Sujoy Brahma
3. Visual Poetry & Humanism
4. Artist Sukumar Bose: A Vital Historical Study
5. Expansion of the Lucknow Wash (Translated by Leena Misra)
6. Vignettes of History
7. Pictorial Journey: Movements, Styles & Tendencies
8. Epilogue
Catalogue of images

Subjects:Asian / Indian & South Asian

Number of Pages: 234


Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Publication Date: 41582

Format: HB

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