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Untitled and more art by Chittaprosad

Untitled
10 x 9.7 inch (h x w)
Scraperboard
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‘The British rulers had, “however reluctantly and sparingly”, to develop a class of Indians educated in English and “imbued with European science” with the main object of using them in the governmental machinery as clerks etc…. And soon this class, the Indian nationalist intelligentsia grew into a power for the British rulers to reckon with.’ In 1953 Chittaprosad added this note to accompany a series of illustrations for the children’s edition of R. P. Dutt’s India Today, which was an important book on India’s anti-imperial struggle written from a Marxist perspective.

While most of the illustrations for the series valourise working-class resistances to colonisations, he includes the nationalist elite in the narrative through this image, depicting them not as leaders and heroes but in the language of subservience, bearing burdens of their own.

The images are created on a material that was novel and exciting for him, using scraperboards where, much like etching a printing plate, he had to scratch away the black surface to reveal white spaces below, building the image with this play of negative and positive space.

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other works by Chittaprosad

Untitled
19.5 x 28.6 inch (h x w)
Watercolour on paper

Untitled
13 x 9.1 inch (h x w)
Brush and ink on paper

Untitled
9.1 x 13 inch (h x w)
Linocut on paper

The First Letter Day Ceremony
9.4 x 16.5 inch (h x w)
Linocut

Untitled
14.3 x 10.4 inch (h x w)
Linocut

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more from VMH & DAG Museums

Quote
70 x 84 inch (h x w)

Untitled
19.5 x 28.6 inch (h x w)
Watercolour on paper

Untitled
13 x 9.1 inch (h x w)
Brush and ink on paper

Untitled
9.1 x 13 inch (h x w)
Linocut on paper

In Solidarity, In Solitude
52.8 x 31.2 inch (h x w)

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