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Portrait of an Artist

Portrait of an Artist

Posted on : 09/01/2015 12:19pm
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Although her work sells for over two million dollars now,     Amrita Sher-Gil, pionner of modern art, did not earn much recognition during her short lifetime in the early 20th century. Trained in paris, the Indian-Hungarian artist, who died at age 28, had developed her unique and original style, combining Europen  Oil painting techniques with the aesthetic of Ajanta cave paintings. " Indian students of art know of picasso and van Gogh, but they know very little about India's own stalwart, Amrita Sher-Gill, Even the Syllabus in art schools does not cover her work beyond a couple of paintings. But she played a pivotal role in Indian art history, by expressing her own originality, and even through her radical thoughts," says Shekhar Nail, director of Tuzi Aamri a play in Marathi based on the avant- garde artist's views on art and life. To be performed in the city today, Tuzi Aamri is a two-act play the draws from Sher-Gil's letters and articles. " Sher-Gil was ahead of her times. Her thoughts on the ongoing World War ll, same-sex releationship, the role of women in society, and other subjects, are bold and radical, and they remain relevant. Especially at the time, When the creative expression of artist is endangered in our society,her courageous stand on societal subjects leaves one with a different perpective," says Naik, who studied fine art at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya before venturing into films. Naik's film credits include urus (2008) and Mhais (2013) ,  as Director.

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