"I am an individualist, evolving a new technique, which, through not necessarily Indian in the traditional sense of the word, will yet be fundamentally Indian in spirit. With the eternal significance of form and color I interpret India and, principally, the life of the Indian poor on the plane that transcends the plane of mere sentimental interest."
Amrita Sher-Gil, Indian-Hungarian painter.
A strong, committed woman without artifice.
She painted the portrait of Indian women in the 1930s. Amrita shows us the daily life of her women going to the market, others getting married or even at home. Her work depicts women waiting for something they doubt will ever come.
Amrita Sher-Gil is nicknamed as "the Indian Frida Kahlo" for her style and focus on women. She represents their loneliness, their melancholy, women constantly searching for a sense of belonging that she herself reflects.
Born in Hungary, the daughter of a Hungarian-Jewish opera singer and an Indian-Sikh, teacher of Persian and Sanskrit. She continued her studies in Paris where her art was recognized; she felt an intense desire to return to India and that her destiny as a painter was stuck there. In 1935, during her multiple travel through the country; she realized that her mission as an artist was to represent the life of the Indian people and in particular that of the most deprived.