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Amrita Shergill is the daughter of Umrao Singh Shergill Majithia, a Sikh aristocrat and also a scholar in Sanskrit and Persian, and Marie Antoinette Gottesmann, a Jewish Opera singer from Hungary. She was born on 30 January 1913 in Budapest, Hungary.


She has been one of the most renowned Indian artists of the pre-colonial era. She has been the youngest and the only Asian to be honoured as the Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris.


Amrita Shergill was an alluring and enthralling Indian artist of the pre-colonial era. Her artworks portray her immense love for the country and her perception of the life of its people.


Amrita Shergill began painting at an early age and her mother supported and encouraged this intrinsic talent in her. She studied the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, which is one of the best schools for art. She learnt to speak and write French. It was in France that she took up painting seriously. She visited various art galleries, museums, etc in Paris, which had a huge impact on her artwork. Amrita came to India in 1934 and was awestruck by the fascinating images in India.


She stayed in Shimla in 1935 and started off by painting regular men and women who she came across in her day to day life. She made a trip to the Ajanta caves in 1936 and the murals there completely mesmerized her. They had an eternal impact on her style of painting.


In 1938, she shifted focus from the natural environment to imaginary opinions. Amrita Shergill managed to synchronize Indian style with the Western techniques of painting.


Amrita Shergill’s works have been acknowledged as National Art Treasures by the Government of India. A large number of her paintings beautify the ‘National Gallery of Modern Art’ in New Delhi.

Category: Indian artists
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