The Art Critic

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About the author

Richard Bartholomew escaped from Burma around the time of the Japanese invasion during the Second World War and made New Delhi his home. Here, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English Literature after which he began his career as a full-time art critic writing for various newspapers, journals and magazines.

His creative writing includes poems and short stories which were published frequently in journals like Thought and the Illustrated Weekly. As a painter, he held one-man shows in New Delhi and Bombay in the 50s and 60s.

The Art Critic is a first of its kind work in illuminating readers to general art appreciation and its significance in understanding cultures and ethos across the world. Intricately authored by Richard Bartholomew, an art expert, the book sets a new standard in literary criticism and art literature in the 1980's, when it was first published.

30 years on, the book still remains relevant for the key highlights it throws on the basic principles of art styles, expressions and their interpretations, guiding the reader comprehensively on how to go about it, while also chronicling a pen picture of the dynamics of Indian art around the 1960's and 1970's. This posthumous collection also features stories and conversations about the author's friends MF Husain, Satish Gujral and many others. It stands today as a glowing tribute to Richard's contributions to literary review of art and to an extent, to art itself.

Exhibition catalogue


  • Unlimited digital print
  • Hardcover
  • 640 pages, 10 x 8 x 2.25 in
  • 250 color Illustrations