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Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy's Works On View Now

“A line so deliberate, so self-confident, so austere, could not be a sudden achievement, nor depend on the brilliance of a single personality. It is the product of a whole civilization…” – artist, art historian, and philosopher Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy on his admiration for traditional Indian drawings – works that influenced his own drawings pictured above and on view NOW in gallery 242B, along with examples of his photography, and Indian paintings from his personal collection. 

The artist’s bold, spare strokes that articulate the form of his model reflect his participation in avant-garde circles of New York during the late 1910s and 1920s, and recall the line drawings made during the same period by modernist artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. 

Additionally, Coomaraswamy revolutionized the study of Indian art during the second quarter of the 20th century. Approaching sculpture and painting with a deep knowledge of India’s own sacred and literary texts, he was the first scholar to illuminate the meaning of Indian visual imagery without Eurocentric biases.

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