This is a strange book. The author has clearly backed the book with extensive research, but the end result is middling with two glaring issues.
Firstly, it becomes obvious soon enough the overall tone of the book is quite scatter shot. I have been disappointed multiple times when her reference material contains something really interesting that the author then never brings up again. The author will quote an entire letter which describes a painting, but without giving any context about the particular artistic language used. It is almost as if the author doesn't understand the art at all.
Which brings me to the second problem. On the one hand, the author liberally quotes artists and critics. But on the other, she regularly also pads up the work with her own comments about the artists work without any reference. The author goes as far as totally adopting a fiction narrative for long stretches of text, saying Amrita felt this and that. The overall effect is of a text that feels artificially built up and hollow. It is truly amateurish.
Which is a surprise, given the author's credentials. Maybe her other work is better.
On the positive side, the color plates at this price were a welcome addition.