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Brunners' Oeuvre (From the Collection of IGNCA Cultural Archives)

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Item Code: HAN155
Author: Sachchidanand Joshi
Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts
Language: English
Edition: 2023
ISBN: 9789391045654
Pages: 232 (Color Illustrations)
Other Details 11.5x9 inch
Weight 1.52 kg
Book Description

In recent years the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has emerged as an institution showcasing different dimensions of Indian art and culture, encompassing the study and experience of all the arts - cach form with its own veracity, nevertheless within mutual interdependence, social structure and coumology. It possesses the holistic worldview thus efficiently articulated throughout Indian tradition, and emphasized by modern Indian leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Its unique programmes have reached out to people in all nooks of the country through exhibitions, seminars, festivals, conferences, film shows, music concerts, and important book discussions.


Kala Nidhi division is a repository of reference material comprising Reference Library, Reprography Section and Cultural Archives. The Cultural Archives is itself a memory institution, rare of its kind, containing treasure trove of visual and performing arts which forms the basis of research and dissemination. The main work of the Archives involves documentation and cataloguing of the collections acquired. It is dedicatedly working on standardization of the documentation system by incorporating internationally recognized guidelines and formats.


The name Elizabeth Sass Brunner (1889-1950) and Elizabeth Brunner (1910-2001) have been etched forever in the history of art of the 20th century in Hungary and in India for synthesizing the most important artistic trends of that time in Europe with Indian spiritualism.

Elizabeth Farkas was born on June 14, 1889 in Nagykaniza, as the fourth daughter of Ferenc Farkas, a respected Deputy police commissioner of the town while her mother passed away very early. By the time she reached the age of 9, she was painting regularly. Her father educated her in the hope that she would take to an ordinary profession. She was enrolled in Kindergarten Teacher's School, where she obtained a degree in 1907, Her fate was sealed when in 1908 a young, talented artist, Ferenc Sass opened a painting school in Nagykanizsa, she joined immediately and introduced to the secrets of Hungarian plain ait painting. Teacher and pupil fell in love and got married soon after.

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