A Woman to Know: Amrita Sher-Gil

Europe belongs to Picasso, Matisse and many others. India belongs only to me. — Amrita

(image via Wikimedia Commons)

They called her "India's Frida Kahlo."

The comparison is apt, to a point. Throughout the 1930s, Amrita was building a body of work that would soon make her the most expensive painter India has ever known. Like Frida, her paintings explore self-portraiture, rich colors and political subjects. Today, her self-portraits are auctioned for millions of dollars.

My favorites are her "Girls" series. "Three Girls" depicts a trio of Indian women clustered close together, gazing at some undetermined fate off-frame. "Young Girls," considered her first "major" work, scored her an invitation to the Grand Salon in Paris in 1933. She was the youngest member ever admitted; and the first Asian artist invited to join.

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