The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1922-1947

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This richly illustrated book explores the contested history of art and nationalism in the tumultuous last decades of British rule in India. Western avant-grade art inspired a powerful weapon of resistance among India's artists in their struggle against colonial repression, and it is this complex interplay of Western modernism and Indian nationalism that forms the core of this book. With a fascinating array of art work, the book throws much light on a previously neglected strand of modern art, and challenges the dominance of Western modernism.

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Partha Mitter is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Sussex and is also the author of several books, including Art and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1850-1922 and Indian Art.

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"Lucid and well-illustrated." (The Independent 2008-01-19)

"Mitter proceeds chronologically . . . filling the immensely readable pages with personality, place and incident--and with a remarkably low incident of art-speak and theory--giving the reader a sense of living through the 25 years as a member of this remarkable community." (Don J. Cohn Art AsiaPacific)

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