Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil 

Hello its Shabbal here, hope you enjoyed my last post about my favourite artists.

I wanted to make this post to celebrate the artist which I enjoy the most of all, you may remember her name from my last post Amrita Shergil. This is a brief history of her life.

As I had mentioned in my previous post, I found I connected to her work more than any other. She was not very old when she died in 1941 at not even 30 years of age but she has left a big legacy with the world of art. She was born to a Punjabi Sikh father and Hungarian Jewish mother. Her birth place was not actually India as she was born in Budapest, Hungary and that’s where much of her early child-hood was spent. She is regarded as the most important Indian women painter in the whole of the 20th century. Her works also fetch the highest prices at auction of any other Indian painter.

 

 

It was only at around 8 years old that she then moved with her family to Shimla, India. It was when she was 16 that she sailed to Paris with her mother to learn how to paint. Her early paintings show Western influence. It was in 1936 when she returned to India. From the and up until her death she focused on rediscovering her Indian routes through her art. In 1941, days before the opening of her first major solo show in Lahore, she became very ill and went into a coma, later dying. She was only young but left a huge body of work and has gone down as a true legend of Indian Art.