Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Amrita Sher-Gil

I saw this article about Amrita Sher-Gil on the Telegraph.co.uk site - The Indian Frida Kahlo.
Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) as Tahitian
She was the daughter of a "Sikh aristocrat and a Hungarian opera singer". Born in 1913, she grew up in Budapest and at the "family estate at Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas", in the Punjab area. At age 16, she moved to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

As her style developed, upon her return to India, she 
synthesized European and Indian styles and sensibilities. She embraced sensuality. She painted straightforward, non-sentimental images of women.

Self-portrait as a Tahitian (1934) 

"Europe belongs to picasso, matisse and braque and many others. india belongs only to me."

She died at age 28 - probably of hemorrhaging following an abortion .

Amrita Sher-Gil, Sleep, 1932.
Amrita Sher-Gil, Three Girls, 1935.