We are pleased to announce that the following book will be available in bookshops on 7 April:
Lefèvre, Vincent. Le Génie de l’art indien. Paris : 2023, Belles Lettres.
About the Author
Vincent Lefèvre, archivist-paleographer and doctor in Indian studies, is general curator of heritage. Director of conservation and collections at the Guimet Museum, he has been heading the French archaeological cooperation mission in Bangladesh since 2013. Vincent Lefèvre is also a member of our research team, the GREI.
Faced with the artistic productions of the Indian world, the Western viewer often hesitates between fascination and incomprehension. Confused by an iconography that escapes him and a feeling of exuberance, he feels that he does not have the necessary codes to appreciate it. The aim of this book is to provide keys to understanding this iconographic and architectural production.
Thanks to its 150 colour illustrations and the numerous textual sources cited, Vincent Lefèvre’s book allows us to enter into the heart of the genius of Indian art, to understand how it is conceived, produced and apprehended, to analyse its relations with the artistic productions of other regions of the world and to describe its achievements. Throughout the pages, an art of suggestion rather than explicitness emerges, one that summons the viewer’s imagination at every moment.
Presentation of the Book by the Author
Buy the Book
- Tuesday 18 April at 7pm : Vincent Lefèvre presents his book “The Genius of Indian Art” at the Guillaume Budé bookshop (Paris 6e).
- Saturday 22 April 2023 at 2.30pm : As part of the last weekend of the exhibition “Inde, reflets de mondes sacrés” at the Musée d’Histoire de Nantes, Vincent Lefèvre presents his book “Le génie de l’art indien”.