Amrita Sher-Gil

(1913-1941)

Amrita Sher-Gil is one of the most important eminent artists of the 20th Century and her works are by far the rarest. The government of India has declared the works of Amrita Sher-Gil as national art treasures and her works are not allowed to be exported from India. Born in Budapest, Hungary, to a Sikh Father and a Hungarian Mother she formally started learning painting at the age of eight. In 1933 she became the first Asian and youngest Associate of the Grand Salon in Pairs for her work ‘Young Girls’.

Her painting style has been recognized and widely acclaimed. Her early works were inspired by the European style of painting but in 1934 she yearned to return to India after which her works reflected India and its people through her artists’ eyes. She had a passionate empathy for her Indian Subjects who are often depicted portrayed in poverty and despair. Her works include numerous self portraits which depict her various moods and state of mind. Her depiction of the plight of women has made her art an inspiration for women worldwide.  
 
Unfortunately, Sher-Gil’s career was unexpectedly cut short when she died of a sudden haemorrhage in 1941 at the age of 28, following a move to Lahore. The artist, however, will always live on through her body of work, which, although limited, has had a seminal influence on a number of modern and contemporary Indian artists.