A Resonance of Himmat Shah's Works in Contemporary Indian Art

Arjun Kumar Kumar Singh


The first half of 20th century in the modern Indian art scene is crucial and significant. The artists who were following the Bengal School lacked the stamina and energy required for contemporary art scenario. Himmat Shah was one such talented young artist who participated in the Group 1890 subtly and skillfully infused different classical and folk ideals with distinctive forms. The sensible diffusion of the ‘Great’ and the ‘Little’ in Himmat Shah’s works ultimately opened up to an aesthetically novel personal individual approach. Shah handled the sculptural vocabulary with geometrical abstraction and like his modernist European contemporaries he had infused his works in a monumental scale.


modern Indian art; deconstruction; personal individual tradition

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