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Amrita Sher-Gil: A Diva Who Created Magic On Canvas

Amrita Sher-Gil: A Diva Who Created Magic On Canvas

Amrita Sher-Gil

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.

Amrita Sher-Gil was a Hungarian-Indian painter who was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 30 January 1913.

Amrita Sher-Gil Hungarian-Indian painter

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Amrita started painting at the age of 5 and had begun learning painting formally at age 8. I know, what a prodigy!

Amrita Sher-Gil painting

At 19, Amrita Sher-Gil gained recognition for her painting Young Girls in 1933. It was a breakthrough for her and won her many accolades.

young girls painting by Amrita Sher-Gil

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Sher-Gil painted many self-portraits, nude studies, still life studies, and portraits of her friends and classmates.

Amrita shergil painting

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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.’

self portrait of Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita Sher-Gil rediscovered the traditions of Indian art. She was hugely impressed and influenced by cave paintings at Ajanta.

ajanta caves art

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.

village scene by Amrita Sher-Gil

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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.

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Viktor Egan Amrita Sher-Gil's husband

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The Frida Kahlo of India died on 5 December 1941 in Lahore, Punjab, British India, at the age of 28. It’s a loss that we do not have more from her.


Do you know, when she was a young girl, she turned the servants of her house into models and painted them.

amrita shergil painting servants

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.

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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