Art Walk > The resurrection of Amrita Sher-Gil.

18Jul08

Europe belongs to Picasso, Matisse and Braque and many others. India belongs only to me.

She died at an age people start discovering what they’re all about. 28. Too young. 1913-1941. But what a life it’s been.


Schooled at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, Amrita Sher-Gil was as inspired by Gauguin as she was by the frescos at the Ajanta Caves.

In 1936, Karl Khandalavala, a collector, encouraged her interest in Indian art, and she experimented to create a modern style of painting which was Indian yet entirely her own.

Much of her work seeks to depict the isolated lifestyles of women living on feudal estates, and many of her paintings evoke an inner world of boredom, resignation, idle pastimes and desires. The inspiration behind the vivacious painter in Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh, Amrita Sher-Gil is often referred to as India’s Frida Kahlo.

A fillm by her nephew Vivan Sundaram and more about her life at Tate Modern.

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