PopUp Painting’s Artist of the Week is Amrita Sher-Gil!
Amrita Sher-Gil was an eminent Indian Painter sometimes known as India’s Frida Kahlo. She is considered one of the most important painters of 20th century India, and her legacy stands on par with that of the Masters of the Bengal Renaissance.
Much of her work was influenced by a strong feeling she had while in Europe to return to India to paint. Upon her return to India the artist started getting acquainted with the traditional forms of Indian art, being particularly influenced by Mughal and Pahari schools of paintings.
Her works depicted the plight of Indian woman and left an indelible mark on the history of contemporary Indian art. Her works are characterised by her use of strong, bold colours.
Though she lived for just 28 short years, she made strides not only as a beacon of hope for Indian women but also as an immensely talented painter, she was elected as an Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris in 1933. Thus, she became the only Asian to have received this honor.
Amrita Sher-Gil is the ‘most expensive’ female painter of India.