Left Menu
Development News Edition

Unseen for 80 years, Amrita Sher-Gil’s 'The Little Girl in Blue' to be at Sotheby’s inaugural sale


Amrita Sher-Gil's 'The Little Girl in Blue' that was last seen 80 years ago at her first ever solo show in Lahore in 1937, will go under the hammer at Sotheby's inaugural India sale -- 'Boundless: India' on November 29.

The 1934 work, estimated between Rs 10 and 15 crore, is only the third oil painting by the artist ever offered at an auction in India, and the seventh offered anywhere in the world.

Painted by Sher-Gil at the age of 21, 'The Little Girl in Blue' is believed to depict Babit, the artist's second cousin and the granddaughter of the eminent politician Sunder Singh.

Embodying a bohemian combination of East and West, Sher-Gil’s work belonged to no particular school or style of painting, and has been treasured in the same family collection ever since it was acquired eight decades back by Charles Fabri at Faletti’s Hotel in Lahore.

"For Sotheby’s first sale in Mumbai, we were looking for artists that reflected the true spirit of India, and who could better embody this than Amrita Sher-Gil? Honoured as a National Treasure Artist, she holds a special place in the history of Indian art.

"The scarcity of her paintings means that very few have been offered at auction in India before. This is a very special moment," Gaurav Bhatia, Managing Director of Sotheby’s India, said.

The Hungarian-Indian painter forged a revolutionary new path informed by her experiences in Hungary, Paris and India, creating a body of work that was simultaneously aggressively modern and decidedly Indian.

At a time when most artists portrayed women as content and compliant, Sher-Gil’s treatment of female subjects was singularly unique, revealing their loneliness or silent resolve.

Ahead of Sotheby’s 'Boundless: India' sale later this month, 'The Little Girl in Blue' will be placed on public display at the Bikaner House (November 17) here, and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (November 27-28) in Mumbai.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...

SDG13: How you can reduce global warming by changing your food habits

The mega narratives of various international organizations give the impression that fighting global warming is only a job of government agencies. However, the European Investment Bank EIB has designed a questionnaire which besides making th...

Videos

Latest News

Brazil urges India to cut import taxes on chicken products

Brazil wants India to cut its import taxes on chicken and chicken products so it can cash in on Indias burgeoning demand for poultry and poultry products as incomes rise and food habits change.India imposes a 100 import tax on chicken produ...

FOCUS-From Communist-era roots to cash cows: Poland's gaming industry takes on the world

The drab exteriors of a pair of 1970s buildings in an industrial Warsaw neighbourhood belie the hive of high-tech activity inside where developers, screenplay writers and others at leading video game maker CD Projekt hustle to create the ne...

DAVOS-Oil industry in Davos: torn between Greta and Trump

Oil majors are at the sharp end of the climate debate and face a bewildering balancing act to secure their futures.Its a Catch-22 situation to meet ambitious emissions targets by investing in low-carbon technologies, they will have to rely ...

Delhi Polls: Kejriwal holds roadshows in three Assembly constituencies

Surrounded by scores of supporters, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took out roadshows in three assembly constituencies on Thursday. Kejriwal, atop an open yellow coloured jeep, waved to the public and shook hands with them as his road...

Give Feedback