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Amrita Sher-Gil

Posted in Art in the world by Adele Todd on June 19, 2009

I read about this Indian artist about two years ago in a British paper. I was very interested in her work, partly because women of the war years, WWI and WWII, represent to me a period  of great strength, resilience and moxy. By the age of  twenty – eight  Amrita Sher-Gil had lived a lifetime.  She was born to a Hungarian mother and Sikh father in Budapest in 1913. She  lived most of her childhood in Hungary, and moved to India in 1921. She was admitted to the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1929 at the age of sixteen.

 Her classical training and Indian heritage produced an artist of deep curiosity, charting the waters of the feminine and the arguably, feminist, as she recalled the resigned, lonely lives of women in India in her paintings. 

The article that I read about  her was weighted towards the titillating speculations of her sex life…one belief that she may have had an affair with the future prime minister of India,  Jawaharlal Nehru.

The film that you see here, made by her nephew, the artist, Vivan Sunderam should bring home the rightful regard for her work and not those moments in her life that pale next to what she was and could have been, had she lived longer.

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  1. Sonia Sodhi said, on August 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

    despite being a nymphomaniac she’s my favourite painter.


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