Amrita Sher-Gil’s vibrant canvases and her short but dynamic life have established her as one of India’s most celebrated modern artists. Born in Budapest in 1913, to a Hungarian mother and Sikh father, she trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris where she became influenced by Realism. Upon returning to India, she adopted this modernist approach to portray the poor and yet colourful lives of local people, making her art a true fusion of east and west.
This eye-opening display presents several of her vivid paintings, alongside revealing photomontages by her nephew, Vivan Sundaram.
Curated by Emma Dexter, Ann Coxon and Matthew Gale
Text by Ann Coxon
Organised in collaboration with the Haus der Kunst, Munich; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi