xii, 150p., Plts., Figs., Bib., Index, 25 cm. (First pub. in 1978, New Delhi)
Written between the early sixties and the mid-seventies, these collected articles and lectures reflect on some of the major concerns of the practising artist and scholar of modern Indian art: tradition and modernism, the question of the image, the use of art criticism. There are also essays on the work of Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Binodebehari Mukherjee, Ramkinker Baij and Amrita Sher-Gil. Together, they deal with the focal changes taking place in the contemporary art situation--a period of great significance in terms of cultural development, just about a decade and a half after India's hard-won independence--and seek to put them in perspective. Written by one of the country's most thoughtful and reflective senior artists and art teachers, K.G. Subramanyan's analytical essays remain as relevant and useful today as they were when this collection first appeared in the late seventies.