Item description for Amrita Sher-Gil: An Indian Artist Family of the Twentieth Century by Deepak Ananth Amrita Sher-gil...
The Sher-Gil are, in a way, the Kahlos of India. Umrao Singh, son of a Punjab feudal chief, was a pioneer of Indian photography focusing on self-portraits and family pictures of a personalized orientalism. Married to a Hungarian, his favorite subject was his daughter Amrita who studied painting in Paris and became one of the greatest Indian painters. In her work, mostly self-portraits, she merges European Modernism with classical Indian traditions. Her beauty and charisma, her talent, her independent spirit, and her early death at the age of 28 made her an emblematic figure and a legend.
Umrao's grandson and Amrita's nephew, Vivan Sundaram, is today one of India's leading conceptual artists. In his "Sher-Gil Archive" project he digitally combines his grandfather's photographs with his aunt's paintings in the settings of their luxurious homes in Lahore, Hungary, Simla, and Paris. Our book is a visual journey through three generations of the Sher-Gil family.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.2" Width: 9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 20, 2007
ISBN 3829602707 ISBN13 9783829602709
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Buy it for the Plates Jan 9, 2008
The first 31 pages of this 158 page book are text: A 2 page Forward, a 3 page Introduction and an 18 page essay. But...before you start reading any of these get out the full unabridged version of the dictionary cause you're going to need it to plow your way through this pile of text. These were obviously written by PhDs who are impressed with their command of the English language and weren't afraid to use every "BIG" word they could possibly think of...rather it was appropriate or not. (I don't think some of them are even real words). After reading this text I had no idea what they were trying to convey. They spent a lot of time writing this text that really says nothing. What we have here is a classic case of "failure to communicate". If English is not your primary language don't even attempt it.
Fortunately, there is a short two page bio in the back of the book that says it all in plain English. I learned more from those two pages than I could ever glean out of the first 31 pages.
As the title implies, this book is not just about Amrita. Although most of it is devoted to Amrita, there is a considerable amount of information about other members of her immediate family, especially her father.
There are 105 plates in this book...photographs and paintings...mostly color but some B/W. They are priceless and worth the cost of the book. There is also some commentary about some of the paintings that attempts to explain their meaning.
There is a Chronology in the back but it's very brief and insignificant.
If you are looking for informative biographical material, then I recommend "Amrita Sher-Gil - A Biography", or "Amrita Sher-Gil - A Life".