Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Art and Art History


Charles Palermo

Committee Members

Alan C. Braddock

Nancy Gray

Xin Wu


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.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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