Amrita Sher-Gil: The Passionate Quest, curated by Yashodhara Dalmia
Amrita Sher- Gil remains one of the most progenitors of modern Indian art but even more, her work is emblematic of the important new changes being ushered in the twentieth century. In her translations of the modern, her symposium of the condition of women and equally perti-nently for her rich poetics of picture- making infused with historic intent, Sher-Gilís short life and work is inundated with a wealth of meaning.
Amrita Sher-Gil was born at Budapest in 1913 of an Indian father Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and Marie Antoinette, a Hungarian. From 1929, she studied art in Paris at the Grand Chaumiere and then at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In 1934, she returned to India and it turned out to be momentous homecoming. The country and its people made strong impact on her. In 1936, she travelled widely through India. The relocation to India changed her style of expression totally. Her tragic and untimely death in 1941 cut short a genius that was yet to reach its full potential.
The exhibition showcased arresting and impressive paintings, almost the entire collection from NGMA, New Delhi of around 95 art works. On the occasion of the closing of the birth cen-tenary celebrations of Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) in June 2014. The exhibition included rare-ly displayed paintings, Two Mendicants, Bride, Brahmacharis, Group of Three Girls.