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1 Rene Grousset
The Civilizations of the East: An Indepth Study of Asiatic Arts and Cultures from the Earliest Times to the Dawn of Modern Era, 4 Vols
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 1995; 8173050635 / 9788173050633; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The Civilizations of the East is a stimulating and perceptive survey of Oriental civilizations and traces their evolution from the earliest times to the dawn of modern era. The Book provides an unparalleled source of Insight into Asiatic arts and cultures. It is a study of eastern ideals and schools of art and contains a detailed account of archaeological and artistic data of the continent. The book also provides a guiding thread among the various styles and periods and gives an adequate and correct idea of the various schools and works. The History of arts is presented in its due relation to general history and shows the continuity and interpenetration of the various aesthetic ideals. Divided into four volumes the work is copiously illustrated. The first volume is devoted to the near and middle east, in which is included Iran. The second is devoted to the Indian world, both Muhammadan and non-Muhammadan, including farther India and Malay archipelago, the third to China and Central Asia and fourth to Japan and Tibet. An extensive index is included at the end of last volume. Perceptive, insightful, selective and lavishly illustrated, the book is an indispensable reference tool. The simplicity and clarity of its presentation makes it enchanting to read. The book will prove to be an invaluable asset not only to the academicians, art-historians, archaeologists, orientalists, researchers and libraries but also to the lay reader.Printed Pages: 1600 with 1100 halftone illustrations. 100271

Price: 215.95 USD
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2 Rene Grousset
The Civilizations of the East: India
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1969; 8121503620 / 9788121503624; Reprint; Cloth; New; New; 
Rene Grousset's The Civilizations of the East: India is regarded to be the most valuable introduction to the history of civilization and art of India. The area of study, in the present volume, has been divided into three main chapters, Buddhist and Brahman India, Farther India, and the Malay Archipelago and Muslim India, thus covering a diverse area over an immense time. In the first chapter, beginning with the Indus Valley Civilization, followed by a brief background of the Aryans, Grousset turns his attention to Buddhist art and discusses its genesis and efflorescence. In dealing with the Gandhara or the Greco-Buddhist school of art, Grousset out of its exceptional importance in the general history of art calls it to be the easternmost school of Greco-Roman art of Asia, working in the cause of Buddhism. Particularly illuminating in the book are the portions dealing with the stucco figures from Hadda, near Jalalabad, datable between the third and the fifth centuries. The next important chapter in the history of Indian art is the Gupta school which, in Grousset's view, marks the birth of a new aesthetic ideal of India. Grousset thus succeeds in presenting the evolving themes of Indian art through successive periods while also discussing the Indian art traditions in sculptures, paintings, bronzes, etc. In the chapter on extra-Indian influences, Grousset discusses and describes the homogeneity in art forms during the sixth and twelfth centuries in the areas which are considered to be forming part of the 'Greater India', and covers the entire range of art in Java, Cambodia, Siam and western and southern Indo-China. In this context the important schools of art viz., Khmer art, Cham art and the Siamese art are also analyzed. In the final chapter, on Muslim India, after sketching briefly the Indo-Muslim architecture, Grousset proceeds on to describe in detail the Mogul and the Rajput painting and shows how the letter was stimulated and influenced by the former. In this episodic work, Grousset has succeeded in conveying the spirit of Indian art in its various ramifications. The text, with 249 illustrations include some of the finest examples of Indian art in the European collections, is marked by an intimacy of style and lucidity of expression. Printed Pages: 414 with 249 b/w illustrations. 000220

Price: 23.75 USD
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