Iconic Women in Art: Amrita Sher-Gil

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51yl-TH8rZLOn the 30th of January 1913, famous Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil was born to a Hungarian Jewish opera singer mother and a Punjabi Sikh aristocrat father in Budapest, Hungary. She trained at an early age at Santa Annunziata art school in Florence, then at 16 in Paris at Grande Chaumière under Pierre Vaillant and Lucien Simon. Later at École des Beaux-Arts (1930–34), she became influenced by the modern painting of Cézanne and Gauguin, and was associated with artist friends and lovers such as Boris Tazlitsky. Her first important work, Young Girls, led to her election as an Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris in 1933, making her the youngest ever and only Asian artist to have received this recognition. She took eagerly to pre-war Parisian bohemian life, yet one of the city’s reviewers still saw her as “an exquisite and mysterious little Hindu princess,” who “speaks French…

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