Nandalal Bose

Philadelphia Museum of Art

WITH THE RECENT EXPLOSION of Indian art onto the global stage, sweeping survey exhibitions of work from modern and contemporary South Asia are regularly appearing throughout the world—only to provide reductive histories of this region. By contrast, “Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose (1882–1966)” presents a detailed, elegant meditation on just one artist’s life and career. Yet this consideration of Bose—the first comprehensive retrospective in North America on the “father” of modern Indian art—gives audiences a great sense of how the shifting character of India’s art during the twentieth century mirrored the country’s momentous path to independence, which it achieved in 1947. Indeed, as organized by the San Diego Museum of Art’s Sonya Rhie Quintanilla and reinstalled by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Darielle Mason, this chronicle of Bose’s wide-ranging stylistic experimentations

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