By Karl Khandalavala
BOMBAY: New Book Co.
1944 [Back of title-page says 1945]
Pp 71 + frontispiece portrait + 20 full-page tipped-in colour plates at the end + 3 tipped-in colour plates in the text + 5 tipped-in monochromeplates in the text + 8 monochrome plates at the end and numerous line drawings in the text including some full page.
Size: 15 x 11 inches
The first full-dress study of Sher-Gil's life and work by her close friend, published four years after her death and carrying extracts from many letters between the two.
The monograph AMRITA SHER-GIL by her close friend KARL KHANDALAVALA [who chose to visit her in the even-now remote town of Saraya close to the Indo-Nepal border and corresponded with her in extenso], published in Bombay four years after her death is a tribute offered with touching affection. The great scholar rues in the introduction that he wished he could reproduce more of her works in colour but for the heavy war-time expense of doing so. The book was issued at the then princely price of Rs 30, which was still low and was underwritten by the publisher. "The publication of this volume at Rs 30 has been made possible by an arrangement for which I must express mygratitude to my dear friend Kaikhushroo Taraporevala of the New Book Co.," he says in the book, adding that "in the normal course of business it would not have been possible to price it at less than Rs 90...But for Mr Fram Poonawala of the CommercialArt Engravers, Bombay, who made the excellent colour blocks and Mr Saddar of Vakil and Sons who carried out the colour printing, the work would have had to be abandoned till the return of normal times. Numerous alternations and proofs had repeatedlyto be made to ensure accuracy and secure that brilliance of colour which dominated the artist's work. I can only express my thanks to them by saying that it was a labour of personal friendship towards me and not a labour for profit. The colour plates have achieved as high a percentage of accuracy as was possible under war time condition, but what is more important they have captured the spirit of the artist's work and I am indebted to Mr George Menezies the colour printer of Vakil and Sons forthe justice he has done to the colour blocks. It was not possible to print the colour plates on a matt art paper and hence a high grade glazed paper had to be used and the sheen softened by mounting against a creamish background." So much for the printing travails under wartime economy for the sake of fidelity to original works of art and a friendship which is now universally acknowledged.
CONDITION: Beige full-cloth binding. Red elephant based on the last incomplete painting by Sher-Gilon cover. Recent, improvised dustjacket with the name of the book, the name of the author and the painting pasted on original dustjacket salvaged and pasted on it. Lacks blank front free endpaper. A degree of pinholes on cover but becoming fewer inside. A good copy overall.
AMRITA SHER-GIL: ICON - Works and Memorabilia from her Last Years
Catalogue of an exhibition held in Mumbai in 2004
Bound in half leather as issued, with copies of Sher-Gil's photographs pasted on black sheets like in an album.
No pagination but pp. 82.
Size: 10 x 6.5 inches
Marg Magazine's special issue for March 1972
Numerous colour and b&w illustrations on art paper
Essays by Vivan Sundaram, Geeta Kapur,Gulam Mohammed Sheikh and K. G. Subramanyan and with chronology
Size: 12 x 9.5 inches
By Mulk Raj Anand
New Delhi: National Gallery of Modern Art
pp. 87 [last 13 pages in Hindi]
34 full-page plates in colour, 3 b&w sketches
New Delhi: Lalit Kala Akademi, 1965
7-page essay by Baldoon Dhingra + 25 plates
Stiff cards with worn dustjacket
7 x 5 inches
PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST [Amrita Sher-Gil] by Mulk Raj Anand
1-page essay with 4 full-page colour plates in complete issue of LILLIPUT for August 1947
Amrits Sher-Gil by H. Goetz
2-page essay with 5 illustrations in complete issue of THE STUDIO for August 1955
Amrita Sher-Gil by KarlKhandalavala
2-page essay with 1 illustration + 1 full-page painting + 1 tipped-in plate in complete issue of INDIAN ANNUAL for 1948
Also tipped-in plates of works by RAZA, JAMINI ROY and W. LANGHAMMER
Complete issue of L'ILLUSTRATION, aFrench magazine, for June 1938 with full-length sepia portrait of Amrita Sher-Gil on the cover and 2 photographs inside, one showing her painting.
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