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Of the artiste and her art

Of the artiste and her art
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The book was released by Szilveszter Bus, Ambassador-Designate of Hungary. The launch was followed by an illustrated lecture, Amrita Sher-Gil, Paris, and the Bloomsbury Group, by an art historian Giles Tillotson and a special screening of the film, Amrita Sher-Gil: The Bridge Builder, directed by Ebrahim Alkazi.

The book talks about Amrita Sher-Gil’s journey between the polarities when she remained unacknowledged during her life and considered an icon post her death. 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 Fábri’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 colour visuals, this book brings together modern and contemporary critiques as well as early writings by past masters that have largely remained inaccessible until now.
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