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Amrita Shergil was a well-known and talented Indian painter. She was born on January 30, 1913 in Budapest. She spent her early childhood in the village of Dunaharasti in Hungary and the formative years of her life in Europe. Amrita Shergil was the eldest of the two daughters born to her parents, her younger sister was Indira Sundaram. Today, Amrita Shergil is considered an important woman painter of 20th century India and the most expensive woman painter of India. She was blessed with beauty, breeding, charismatic personality and extra ordinary talent as a painter. Her father, Sardar Umrao Singh Shergil, was a Sikh aristocrat and a Sanskrit scholar and her mother, Antoinette was a Hungarian.
The beauty and depth of Amrita Shergil's paintings has led to her being popularly called as India's Frida Kahlo. In 1921, her family moved to Summer Hill, Shimla (India), and soon began learning piano and violin, and by age in nine she along with her younger sister, Indira started giving concerts and acting in plays at Shimla's Gaiety Theatre at Mall Road, Shimla. Though she was already painting since the age of five, she formally started learning painting at age eight. She was trained in the finest schools of art in Europe. She had an unquenchable curiosity, a persistent hard work and single-mindedness about her career in art.
Using dark rich tones and her own unique folkloric style, she also painted the everyday life of the common people. Amrita Shergil’s paintings soon made a strong impact in the art world of India and she was awarded a gold medal for a painting depicting three young village girls. Most of her paintings depict thin, gaunt starving men and women. At her summer hill residence in Shimla, she came in touch with the Pahari villagers and portrayed them in her paintings. She also painted fruit vendors, hill men and women, saints etc. She was interested in painting women and their activities. The confined lives of Indian women and their sorrow are seen in her paintings. Using dark rich tones and her own unique folkloric style, she also painted the everyday life of the common people. She died a sudden and mysterious death at the age of 28, however the real reason for death is still uncertain. All paintings are courtesy of Art of Legend India.