Modernities in south asian art


Emergence of Indian Modernism in the 1920s

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Partha Mitter (University of Sussex)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Emilia Terracciano

Scholar, professor and renowned art historian Partha Mitter is Emeritus Professor of art history at University of Sussex, England. A member of Wolfson College, Oxford University; and past fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He is the author of Much Maligned Monsters. A History of European Reactions to Indian Art (Clarendon Press, 1977); Art and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1850-1922 (Cambridge University Press, 1994); and The Triumph of Modernism: Indian Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922-1947 (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Advisable readings:

  • Partha MITTER, The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-garde, 1922-47, University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • Rabindranath TAGORE, On Art and Aesthetics: A Selection of Lectures, Essays and Letters, Kolkata: Subarnarekha, 2005. Chapter: ‘Art and Tradition’ (pp 51-56)
  • Rabindranath TAGORE, Nationalism, Penguin Books India, 2009. Chapter: ‘Nationalism in India’ (pp 64-87)
  • M.K. GANDHI, 'Hind Swaraj' and Other Writings, Edited by Anthony J. Parel. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1997. Chapters: 'What is Swaraj' (pp 26-29); 'What is true civilization' (pp 66-71)


Reading material is available in the short loan photocopies section of the book library, The Courtauld Institute of Art



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