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Amrita Sher-Gil
(1913 - 1941)

The Story Teller

“It seems to me that I never began painting, that I have always painted. And I have always had, with a strange certitude, the conviction that I was meant to be a painter and nothing else.” (Amrita Sher-Gil, “Evolution of my Art”, as reproduced in Geeta Kapur, Vivan Sundaram et al, Amrita Sher-Gil, Bombay: Marg Publications, 1972, p. 139)

Amrita Sher-Gil, an enigmatic and assertive individualist, possessed an artistic fervour that...

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Amrita Sher-Gil
The Story Teller

Signed and dated 'Amrita Sher-Gil/ Oct. 1937' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
23.25 x 29.25 in (59 x 74 cm)


Acquired directly from the artist
Thence by descent
Property from a Prominent Collection, New Delhi

Paintings by Amrita Sher-Gil, Lahore: Faletti’s Hotel, 21 - 27 November 1937
Amrita Sher-Gil, New Delhi: Rabindra Bhavan Galleries and NGMA, 1 March - 26 April 1970

Karl Khandalavala, The Art of Amrita Sher-Gil, Allahabad: The Allahabad Block Works Ltd, 1939 (illustrated)
Karl Khandalavala, Amrita Sher-Gil, Bombay: New Book Co., 1945 (illustrated)
Karl Khandalavala, “Amrita Sher-Gil,” Mulk Raj Anand ed., Marg: A Magazine of Architecture and Art, Volume 1, Number 4, Mumbai: Marg Publications, 1997, p. 75 (illustrated)
Karl Khandalavala, "Amrita Sher-Gil", The Indian Annual, Bombay: Times of India Press, 1948 (illustrated)
A S Raman, “Chiaroscuro,” The Illustrated Weekly of India, Volume LXXXIV, Mumbai: The Times Group, 22 September 1963, p. 8 (illustrated)
K G Subramanyan, Amrita Sher-Gil, New Delhi: The Organizing Committee- Amrita Sher-Gil Exhibition, 1970 (illustrated)
Geeta Kapur, “The Evolution of Content in Amrita Sher-Gil’s Paintings”, Amrita Sher-Gil, Bombay: Marg Publications, 1972, p. 49 (illustrated)
Nilima Sheikh, “On Amrita Sher-Gil: Claiming a Radiant Legacy”, Gayatri Sinha ed., Expressions and Evocations: Contemporary Women Artists of India, Mumbai: Marg Publications, 1996, p. 27 (illustrated)
Deepak Ananth, Amrita Sher-Gil: An Indian Artist Family of the Twentieth Century, New Delhi: Photoink, 2007 (illustrated)
Vivan Sundaram ed., Amrita Sher-Gil: A Self-Portrait in Letters & Writings, Volume 1, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2010, p. 412 (illustrated)
Vivan Sundaram ed., Amrita Sher-Gil: A Self-Portrait in Letters & Writings, Volume 2, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2010, p. 468 (illustrated, detail) and p. 807 (illustrated)
Roobina Karode and Rakhee Balaram, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941): The Self in Making, New Delhi: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, 2014, p. 50 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


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