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Art and Independence: Y.G. Srimati and the Indian Style

by John Guy

This volume offers a historical corrective to re-establish the position of YG Srimati as one of India's finest artists.
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Category: Art, Reference
Tags: Art
 
IN STOCK
210 x 297 mm | 8.26 x 11.69 in
Hardcover | 144 pages
66 colour illustrations
63 colour photographs
ISBN:
978-93-85360-40-4 (Mapin)

 
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Rs.1,750.00  | $40.00  | £32.00
 
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Table of contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgements 

  • Art & Independence: Y.G. Srimati and the Indian Style Early Years 1946–1952 

  • Mythology and Devotion 

  • The Bengal School and Journey from Ajanta  Bhagavad Gita and Panchatantra 

  • Picturing Sound: The Ragamala Series 

  • New York Late Works 

  • Life and Times of Y.G. Srimati

  • Exhibition History, Collections and Publications  Bibliography 

  • Photography Credits

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Description

The career of Y.G. Srimati—classical singer, musician, dancer and painter—represents a continuum in which each of these skills and experiences merged, influencing and pollinating each other. 

Born in Mysore in 1926, Srimati was part of the generation much influenced by the rediscovery of a classical Sanskrit legacy devoted to the visual arts. Soon swept up in the nationalist movement for an independent India, she was deeply moved by the time she spent with Mahatma Gandhi. For the young Srimati, the explicit referencing of the past and of religious subjects came together in an unparalleled way, driven by the conscious striving for an indigenous agenda. This experience gave form and meaning to her art, and largely defined her style.

As John Guy demonstrates in this sumptuous volume, as a painter of the mid and late twentieth century, Y.G. Srimati embodied a traditionalist position, steadfast in her vision  of an Indian style, one which resonated with those who knew India best. 

 

John Guy is the Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He formerly served as Senior Curator of Indian art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has curated numerous international exhibitions and is widely published in journals and collected volumes. His major books include Indian Art and Connoisseurship (ed. 1995), Vietnamese Ceramics: A Separate Tradition (1997), Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East (1998, repr. 2009), Indian Temple Sculpture (2007, repr. 2017),  Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India (2011), Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 (co-author 2013), and Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia (2014).

 
 

Praise

The most compelling aspect of Srimati’s work is her treatment of the physical form. She was a trained classical dancer, having studied alongside Ram Gopal, under the tutelage of renowned Kathak dancer Sohan Lal, and this gave her an almost intuitive, sculptural understanding of the human figure.” 
                                            Avantika Shankar, Architectural Digest
 
An unexpected gem... seek out these thought-provoking pictures by Y.G. Srimati.” 
                                                   Louise Nicolson, Apollo Magazine
 

 

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