Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Art and Art History
Alan C. Braddock
Amrita Sher-Gil was an half-Indian, half-Hungarian female artist working in the early-mid twentieth century. She spent most of her childhood in Europe, received her training in Paris, and returned to India to paint its essence. I propose that her work should be considered in tandem with that of the European modern art movement because she continued and built on the exciting aesthetic and ideological conversations that had occurred in Europe half a century earlier. My research is extremely important because so much art historical discourse is still Euro-centric. Those scholars working on Indian modern art are still combating with the common assumption that this work is derivative and therefore inherently inferior. I place Sher-Gil on the same plane European modernists to retire this question of legitimacy, and to point scholarship towards a proper discussion of the art that has gone neglected for too long.
Repper, Michelle S., "Amrita Sher-Gil: Conversations in Modernism" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 621.
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