Artist Amrita Sher-Gil has been honoured with a Google doodle on her 103rd birth anniversary. She was an eminent modern painter born to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian Jewish mother. She was influenced by both eastern European and South Asian styles and standards of female beauty. She was also called India’s Frida Kahlo, and today she is believed to be an important woman artist of 20th century India, whose legacy stands on a par with that of the Masters of Bengal Renaissance.
She is also the ‘most expensive’ woman painter of India, one of her painting Village Scene was sold for Rs6.9 crores (1 million 80 Thousand dollar) in New Delhi. On google’s homepage today the search engine has posted a depiction of Sher-Gil’s famed painting ‘Three Girls’ created by Jennifer Hom, which has been seen in Argentina, Iceland, Portugal, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Israel, Kenya, Kazhakstan, Indonesia and Japan besides India.
Born in 1913 to a Sikh father and Hungarian mother in Budapest, She studied and practiced in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she got her start as an artist and life consummate bohemian. After returning to India, she painted many portraits of her family and friends, the most notable being “The Three Girls.”
A total of 95 of the 174 documented works she created over the course of her brief career are held in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art. She passed away on December 5, 1941 before the age of twenty-nine.