The	Art	of	Sukumar	Bose:	Reflections	on	South	and	Southeast	Asia	(Preliminary	pages)

The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and Southeast Asia (Preliminary pages)

by Venka Purushothaman

To commemorate the centenary of artist Sukumar Bose (1912–1986), this book attempts to take an incisive look at the artist, his works and the context of his art production in South and Southeast Asia.

Bose’s art varied from the traditional to the decorative and ornamental, with a hint of the Oriental flavour. His work demonstrated traces of the Bengal School styles of Abanindranath Tagore and AR Chugtai. Be it figurative, landscape or abstract, Bose’s art synthesized the decorative elements of Indo-Persian miniatures with Chinese and Japanese techniques. In this context, his vision and passion were inspired by traditional art forms, including Ajanta, Rajput and Mughal miniatures. His incisive observations of life, people and cultures, during colonial and postcolonial India and his later sojourn into Southeast Asia, emerge as both a contested yet seamless narrative of history and hope in his art. This book is the first of its kind to document and give a critical overview of Sukumar Bose.


The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and Southeast Asia was awarded the Best Art Book Accolade in the Social Sciences category by the ICAS Book Prize (IBP) 2015 Reading Committee of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). Please visit the ICAS site for details.

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Product Details

  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Publication Date : 2013-04-11
  • Product Code : 9789814517850C00

About Author

Venka Purushothaman

Venka Purushothaman is an art writer, academic, and arts and cultural manager. He is currently Vice President (Academic) & Provost at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.