The book titled “නූතන චිත්ර කලාවේ රසික සංකල්ප” was authored by the artist and scholar, Mr. Kulanatha Senadheera. It was first published in 1973. The work briefly surveyed and described the development of art in the western world and also the place of art in relation to social values, western culture, western philosophy and psychology. This was, perhaps, the first work on this subject in Sinhala and the book attracted a readership, which continued over the years. Mr. Senadheera died in 1987. A second edition of the book was not published prior to his death.