Modern Indian Painting' presents a survey of Indian painting from the late 19th century to the present day, drawn from the private collection of Jane and Kito de Boer?remarkable for its broad historical scope and wide range of artists. The book clearly delineates major developments over a long period of time, while contextualising them with previously unpublished examples by major artists.0The first part of the book features the de Boers talking about their passion for India and Indian art. The second part presents a history of modern Indian painting, with essays on the Bengal School, the so-called ?Dutch Bengal? artists, the Calcutta naturalists, the portrait painters of the Bombay School in the early 20th century, the Progressive Artists Group and the post-Independence artists of Bengal. The de Boer collection also contains strong representations of a few individual artists, such as Chittaprosad, Ganesh Pyne, Ramachandran and Broota, whose works are explored through essays and interviews. 0The fact that many of these chapters draw almost exclusively on the de Boer collection is a testament to its incredible size and breadth. In this volume, we hope to show how the collection takes a dispassionate view of the global status of Indian art, while at the same time revealing a commitment and long-term engagement with the country and its creativity.
Introduction / Giles Tillotson Why India? An interview with Jane and Kito de Boer / Rob Dean Modern Indian painting. The Bengal School : the rise of artistic nationalism in India / Partha Mitter ; Making magic throught the real : some early episodes of modern Indian art / Giles Tillotson ; Modernism reinvented in Bombay : the art of the progressives / Yashodhara Dalmia ; The paradox of modernism : art in Bengal after Independence / Sona Datta Artists in focus. Chittaprosad's visual modes / Sanjoy Kumar Mallik ; Ganesh Pyne / in conversation with Sona Datta ; A. Ramachandran / in conversation with Rob Dean ; Rameshwar Broota / in conversation with Rob Dean and Kito de Boer The collections. Jane and Kito de Boer / in conversation with Rob Dean ; Modern Indian art : a global perspective / Jane and Kito de Boer.