In Her Own Right

Remembering the Artist Karuna Shaha

Tapati Guha-Thakurta


 

6.5 x 10 inches, vii + 66pp, 62 halftones. 2001

ISBN : 9788170461999


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Karuna Shaha(1921-1996) was one of the first women students to enroll in the Government   College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta, and amongst the first women artists who persisted-indeed, insisted-on claiming professional space in her own right. She exhibited regularly, continuing with her drawing, sketching and painting right till the end of her life. She was a founder member of The Group, a collective of women artists.

Shaha remains best known for her studies of the female nude, and art historian Tapati Guha Thakurta\'s insightful analysis explains how 'the nude would become for her the prime symbol of artistic freedom and the shedding of inhibitions... As it becomes the chosen theme of her art since the 60s, we also see the female nude being invested with an earthiness and energy that quietly subverts the prior history and aesthetics of the image...'

 

 

 


Tapati Guha- Thakurta is an art historian and a Fellow in History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. She is the author of The Making of a New 'India' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal (Cambridge University Press, 1993). She has written widely on pouplar and modern art practises in India.

 

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