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Vanishing India: Types, Arts and Crafts by Stowitts

DATES March 6, 1931 through April 6, 1931
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
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  • March 13, 1931: From March 16 until March 30 in the Indian Hall of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Stowitts will show 150 large canvasses of Indian life. These are done in the fresco secco medium and were all completed within the artist's two year stay in India. These beautifully executed paintings also have a high ethnological value as a permanent record of costume, custom and arts and crafts of India untouched by Occidental influence. During his exhibition in Paris, Mr. Stowitts was invited by the Persian Ambassador Hassin-Ala to execute a similar group of Persian types. Another group of Mr. Stowitts studies, using a background of Java and Javanese as subject matter, is to be shown in the Dutch Pavilion at the Paris Colonial Exposition.

    The documentary value for research of these paintings is large, as they record portraits of representative types of races which are dying out; show the infinite diversity of races and customs throughout India, and establish a permanent record of arts and crafts which are rapidly disappearing in that country. Some time in the near future, this collection will be reproduced in a forth-coming publication "Vanishing India" written by the artist

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-03_1931, 049. View Original