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Amrita Sher-Gil | the artist



The artist Amrita Sher-Gil
Born Jan 30 1913, Budapest, Hungary.
Died Dec 5 1941, Lahore, India.
Style and technique of the artist: Painting,


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The legend of Amrita Sher-Gil has remained alive for three decades. Her art has usually been seen in the wake of that legend. Her paintings carry that halo which the youthful dead leave around their acts. This is unfortunate if it blurs our perception of them; not so if it gives them a light which is rightfully theirs-the light of their potential...

...Sher-Gil has been accused of neither having any political awareness, nor identifying with the national struggle for independence which was entering its final phase during her last years. What, perhaps, she did not know was that she would not live long enough to see how soon these strengths would rejuvenate Indian art.

The moving painting of Amrita Sher-Gil though modern in idiom, are Indian in sprit and thus belong as much to the west as to the east. They vindicate the truth about art that all experimentation, to be genuine, must be based on technical mastery and feeling for tradition. Herein lays the secret of Amrita Sher-Gil's strength as well as her spell.