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Rajasthan by Pauline Van Lynden design by Assouline


The name evokes a mythical country, exuberant and strangely hidden. Fifteen years of travel through this colorful region of India have enabled Pauline van Lynden to acquire a treasure trove of photographs and notebooks. The author has used her unparalleled archives to create this lavish book, in which her resolutely aesthetic approach reveals a world of unknown beauty. Collages of her photographs are divided into fourteen chapters, over more than 300 pages, introduced by stories, personal impressions and clear descriptions of arts, crafts, and traditions.


"In this land of contrasts, much is charged with the hidden rules of time and tradition. I have learned to respect the unknown, and also the unexpected. There is a mystery that gives significance to the smallest and simplest things. Above all, this book is intended to convey the delight I have found in a way of life which, often with very little means, still results in great beauty."


Equipped with an artistic background, an international upbringing, an inquisitive mind and great sensitivity for detail and atmosphere, Pauline van Lynden brings her own view of Rajasthan to the public in this informed and evocative manner. A gold mine for lovers of beauty as well as for stylists, this impressionist book, which breaks the boundaries of the "art book," provides the ultimate point of reference to Rajasthan.


  • ISBN: 9782843234460
  • Hardcover / 11 x 12.75"
  • 320 Pages, 350 Images


About the author: Pauline van Lynden has a master's degree in political science from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and studied bookbinding at the Ecole de la Cambre in Brussels, which she practiced and taught for many years. Two subsequent years at art school in Holland, with a focus on drawing and painting, and repeated trips to India since 1988 led to a collection of notes, pictures and photographs out of which came this, her first book, on Rajasthan.

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