Amrita Sher-Gil, a Hungarian-Indian painter, is not a name many would have heard of–have you? But let me tell you this: she was such a lady who once you begin knowing about–too much is too little. Not only was Sher-Gil a great artist but a beauty of her kind. She lived a short yet big life! She’s the very example of “babumoshai, zindagi lambi nahi, badi honi chahiye!”
Her courage, grace and lioness-like attitude are well-reflected in her artworks. If only more women artists could bring Yin’s perspective to light through art.
The National Gallery of Modern Art has described her awe-so-stunning self-portraits as ‘capturing the artist in her many moods – sombre, pensive, and joyous.’
Amrita Sher-Gil rediscovered the traditions of Indian art. She was hugely impressed and influenced by cave paintings at Ajanta.
Her works are among the most expensive by women artists in India. Her painting Village Scene was auctioned for Rs 6.9 crores. At the time, it was the highest amount ever paid for a painting in India.
Her personal life had been as charming as herself. It reminds me of ‘I got a long list of ex-lovers they’ll tell you I’m insane–haha. She had quite a few affairs with both men and women. Later she married her first cousin Viktor Egan.
A woman like her reminds me of the poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. Sher-Gil had a modern outlook on art. Her untamed attitude with a wanderer spirit is what makes her the most awe-inspiring and liberated woman of her time.