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Unacknowledged during her life and considered an icon post her death, between these polarities lies the journey and the struggle for expression of one of the most enterprising and innovative artists of our times, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913 - 1941).
Did the Ajanta Caves and Gauguin influence Amrita's works? How was she as a person and as an artist? Was her work in India indeed of unequal quality as often considered to be? In this collection, Karl Khandalavala, G.H.R. Tillotson, K. G. Subramanyan and N. Iqbal Singh, among others, ponder these and other aspects of Amrita's short but impactful life dedicated to art. With Charles Fabri's fictional account of the travails of a young artist in Lahore in the 1940s carrying an unmistakable resemblance with the influential and avant-garde artist, the volume also includes a piece by Amrita on her evolution as an artist.
Accompanied by rare black and white and color visuals, this book brings together modern and contemporary critiques as well as early writings by past masters that have largely remained inaccessible until now.
About the Editor
Yashodhara Dalmia is a well-known art historian and independent curator based in New Delhi. She has written extensively on art and culture and her publications include, among others, The Painted World of the Warlis (1988), The Making of Modern Indian Art - The Progressives (OUP 2001) and Memory, Metaphor, Mutations - Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan (co-authored with Salima Hashmi, OUP 2007).