Rajasthani Drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art - Andrew Topsfield, Jagdish Mittal
This catalogue presents the Mittal Museum's holdings of drawings from Rajasthan, which are among the finest of their kind in the world. The collection was formed with the superb eye and discriminating taste of Jagdish Mittal and his wife, Kamla. As trained artists, they were quick to recognise the immediacy and graphic inventiveness of these drawings, as well as their capacity to reveal the entire creative process. The text by Andrew Topsfield, one of the foremost authorities on Rajasthani art, shows a profound understanding of their style and aesthetic quality. Comprehensive in scope, with examples from Ajmer, Bikaner, Devgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Sawar, and Kishangarh, the collection is especially rich in drawings from the Bundi-Kota region. Artists from the courts of Bundi and Kota are particularly renowned for the tremendous power and flair of their depictions of elephants and hunts, and the striking originality of their other subjects. The superb quality of the illustrations and the insightfulness of the text make this book an indispensable source for the study of Rajasthani art.