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Bengal and Modernity: Early 20th-century Art in India

3 Mar 2015 to 1 Jun 2015

In the early 20th century, a wave of nationalism swept across the Indian subcontinent. In Bengal, several artists focused on revitalizing Indian cultural history and spirituality, deliberately turning away from academic expressions of realism practised in the various British art schools in India.

United with artists such as Klee, Kandinsky and Itten by mutual artistic interest in cubism, primitivism and abstraction, these Indian artists found new ways of expressing anti-colonial resistance.

Image: Jamini Roy (1887–1972), Lady in a Sari, c. 1950–1960. Tempera on card. © Lahiri Collection

Gallery 29 | Admission Free