Amrita Shergill – An Eminent Indian painter

One of the most talented painters ever to have graced the Indian soil, Amrita Shergil was an artist beyond compare. Born on 30th Jan 1913 in Budapest, Hungary, Amrita Sher-Gil was the first important woman artist to emerge out of India in the 1930s. In her brief life span of 28 years, she led the modern Indian art movement, which was then taken ahead by the Bombay Progressive Artists Group. A child of a Punjabi landlord father Sardar Umrao Singh Majithia and a Hungarian musician mother, Antoinette, both loyalists to the British Raj, Amrita had to struggle with the biases that her mixed parentage, her middle class background and her gender raised throughout her brief artistic career. In 1929, she joined the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

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