The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and Southeast Asia

About the Publication

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.


PDF e-book files for this publication are available as detailed below.

The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and Southeast Asia [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4517-85-0] 96.00 USD
Preliminary pages Download
1. Negotiating Culture & Postcolonialism in the Art of Sukumar Bose, by Venka Purushothaman, author 12.00 USD
2. The Artist, My Father — Recollections by Debashis Bose, Raja Bose & Sujoy Brahma, by Kamal Bose, author 12.00 USD
3. Visual Poetry & Humanism, by Rajalingam Sinniah, author 12.00 USD
4. Artist Sukumar Bose: A Vital Historical Study, by Nuzhat Kazmi, author 12.00 USD
5. Expansion of the Lucknow Wash (Translated by Leena Misra), by Awadhesh Misra, author 12.00 USD
6. Vignettes of History, by Manasij Majumder, author 12.00 USD
7. Pictorial Journey: Movements, Styles & Tendencies, by Mahirwan Mamtani, Keshav Malik, MK Puri, Kamal Bose, authors 12.00 USD
8. Epilogue, by Keshav Malik, author Download
Catalogue of images Download

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