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Brushstrokes: Seeing Through The Bold Strokes of Amrita Sher-Gil

Painting of women sitting on the ground cross legged. One is rubbing the back of another. They are all looking solemn.

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To some Amrita Sher-Gil is the ‘Indian Frida Kahlo’. This month we feature five of her paintings which show women from varying walks of life, different socioeconomic classes and ages. Drawing inspiration from her own cross-cultural experiences, her mixed parentage, her art school background in Paris, and her own queer sexuality, Sher-Gil uses bold strokes and earthy tones to explore gender expressions and sexuality. From her self-portrait to her depiction of a young tribal girl examining a flower, to that of a bride getting ready for her wedding, Sher-Gil captures the various textures of desire through gendered bodies and experiences.

Her artwork is housed at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and is out in the public domain in India.

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