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Amrita Sher-Gil’s 103rd Birth Anniversary: 5 things to know about India’s most expensive woman painter

Amrita Sher-Gil South Indian trilogy, Bride’s Toilet, Brahmacharis and South Indian Villagers Going to Market gained her immense appreciation.

Amrita Sher-Gil was one of the most talented painted of Indian origin. The artist has various praises to her name and is also known as one of India’s “most expensive” woman painter of India. Google decided to remember this talented soul on her 103rd birth anniversary. As we remember this talented personality today, here are five things you need to know about this artist.

1. Childhood
Amrita was born in Budapest, Hungary to Umrao Sher-Gil Majithia and Marie Antoniette Gottesmann. Her father was a Sikh scholar while her mother was a Jewish opera singer. She spent most of her younger days in Hungary before moving to Shimla in 1921.

2. Painting
She began painting at the young age of five and was given formal training from eight years of age. In 1923, Amrita was enrolled into an art school in Florence by her mother, Marie. However she soon left the school to come back to India.

3. Grande Chaumiere
At the age of sixteen, she sailed to Europe to train as a painter at the Grande Chaumiere in Paris under Pierre Vaillant and Lucien Simon. She went on to continue her painting lessons at Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

4. Career
She began her career in painting in 1934 when she was compelled to go back to India and rediscover the traditions of Indian Art. She toured various parts of India and became famous for her depiction of the Indian traditions. Her South Indian trilogy, Bride’s Toilet, Brahmacharis and South Indian Villagers Going to Market gained her immense appreciation.

5. Death
In 1941, Sher-Gil was all set to begin her first major solo show in Lahore. However a few days before the opening she became critically ill and slipped into a coma. She later died on the 6th of December 1941 at the young age of 28. The exact reason behind her death was never ascertained. (Image Credits- sothebys.com)

On legendary painter Amrita Sher-Gil’s 103rd birth anniversary, Google designed a doodle with her Three Girls paintingto pay tribute. The painting shows three girls contemplating their unchangeable destinies.

 

On legendary painter Amrita Sher-Gil’s 103rd birth anniversary, Google designed a doodle with her Three Girls paintingto pay tribute. The painting shows three girls contemplating their unchangeable destinies.

Screenshot of the Google doodle with Amrita Sher-Gil’s Three Girls.

Screenshot of the Google doodle with Amrita Sher-Gil’s Three Girls.

 

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