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1 Partha Mitter
Much Maligned Monsters: History of European Reactions to Indian Art
Oxford University Press; 2013; 0198089716 / 9780198089711; Hardcover; New; New; 
Originally published by the Clarendon Press in 1977, Much Maligned Monsters, one of the first comprehensive work dealing with the Western response to Indian art, is considered a classic on the subject. In this fascinating study interspersed with more than 120 visuals, eminent historian Partha Mitter traces the history of European reactions to Indian art, from the earliest encounters of explorers with the Exotic East to the more sophisticated but still incomplete appreciations of the early-twentieth century. This revised and updated edition includes an Introduction that reflects upon the profound changes in Western interpretations of non-Western societies over the past 35 years since the book was first published in 1977. Printed Pages: 456. 037697

Price: 39.95 USD
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2 Erwin Neumayer and Christine Schelberger (eds.); Foreword By Partha Mitter
Raja Ravi Varma: Portrait of an Artist: The Diary of C. Raja Raja Varma
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2005; 0195659716 / 9780195659719; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
'The diary will be of immense value to scholars and of great interest to the general public. [It] illuminates the life and practice of Ravi Varma as recorded by his brother Raja Varma...One of the most valuable sources for first-hand information on Ravi Varma's life...[There are] delightful nuggets of candid opinions on other artists...and insights on Western drawing and painting methods of the Varmas...A fascinating account.' -- Partha Mitter, Research Professor of Art History, University of Sussex, author of The Oxford History of Modern Art '...It is the first time that the diaries of C Raja Raja Varma...are being published and made available to a wider audience. [They] throw light on the lifestyle of the Varma brothers...[and] give the readers some idea about Ravi Varma's method of working....Contains not only rare family photographs but also images of women modeling...Undoubtedly, the book will serve as an encyclopedic reference work on Raja Ravi Varma.' -- Jyotindra Jain, Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in Biblio The Diary of C. Raja Raja Varma, a journal kept by Raja Ravi Varma's brother, is one of the most important and authentic source materials on the last ten years of the life of Raja Ravi Varma, one of India's most famous artists. C. Raja Raja Varma was co-worker, assistant, secretary, and business manager to the renowned artist. Their symbiotic relationship is well known, and they are often referred to as the Ram and Laxman of Indian art. This diary, available in its full and authentic form for the first time, is a huge source of information on the accomplishments of Ravi Varma and the working of his Ravi Varma Fine Arts Lithographic Press over a ten-year period, 1894-5 to 1905. Over 1000 entries accompanied by a colour plate section of rare photographs, paintings, drawings, and art magazines of the period, showcase the artist's method of working and the influences on his art. This jour nal, which began as a travelogue during Raja Varma's tour with Prince Martanda Varma in 1894, mostly chronicles the Varma brother's journeys while they attended to their flourishing portraiture business. It also contains the only reliable source material on Ravi Varma's great industrial enterprise, the Ravi Varma Fine Arts Lithographic Press. This press, founded in Bombay in 1894, had an overwhelming impact on modern Indian aesthetics. It introduced a kind of visual imagery, which until this day defines the parameters of popular Indian visual media, especially of now much talked-about Indian calendar pictures, and also modern visual media such as cinema and television. The diary gives an insight into the internal business of the Ravi Varma Press, particularly the separation of the partnership between the Varma brothers and their financial companion Govardhan Das, and the final transfer of ownership of the Press into the hands of the German master printer Fritz Schleicher. Accompanie d by extensive notes and a chronology, The Diary of C Raja Raja Varma will be an invaluable reference to scholars of Indian art, art lovers and critics, and will appeal to the general reader in India and abroad. Printed Pages: 350 with numerous colour and b/w illustrations. 011650

Price: 45.00 USD
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3 Prof. Partha Mitter, Akshaya Tankha, Suryanandini Sinha, and Rahaab Allana (contributors); Foreword By Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
The Artful Pose: Early Studio Photography in Mumbai, 2. 1855-1940
Mapin Publishing; Ahmedabad, India; 2010; 8189995405 / 9788189995409; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 88 with numerous colour and b/w photographs. 034294

Price: 29.25 USD
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4 Partha Mitter
The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-garde, 1922-1947
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2007; 0195693361 / 9780195693362; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This richly illustrated book explores the contested history of art and nationalism in the tumultuous last decades of British rule in India. Western avant-garde 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. The Triumph of Modernism takes the surprisingly unremarked Bauhaus exhibition held in Calcutta in 1922 as marking the arrival of European modernism in India. Partha Mitter examines the decline of ‘oriental art’ and the rise of naturalism as well as that of modernism in the 1920s, and the relationship between primitivism and modernism in Indian art: with Mahatma Gandhi inspiring the Indian elite to discover the peasant, the people of the soil began to be portrayed by artists as ‘innocent children of nature’. A distinct feminine voice also evolved through the rise of female artists. Finally, the author probes the ambivalent relationship between Indian nationalism and Imperial patronage of the arts. With a fascinating array of art works, the book throws much light on a previously neglected strand of modern art, and challenges the dominance of Western modernism. Readership. Printed Pages: 271 with numerous colour and b/w illustrations. 020138

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