Google Doodles Marks Amrita Shergil Birth Anniv


New Delhi: The doodle on the Google homepages in India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Iceland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, and Lithunia is inspired by Amrita Sher-Gil’s painting ‘Three Girls.’

January 30, 2016 is the legendary Indian painter’s 103rd birth anniversary. Amrita Sher-Gil was born on January 30, 1913 to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian Jewish mother in Budapest, Hungary. She died at a young age of 28 (on December 5, 1941) in Lahore. Sher-Gil is considered among the most important Indian painters of the 20th century with 174 documented works created over the course of her brief career. Like her Mexican peer Frida Kahlo, with whom she shares Hungarian heritage, Sher-Gil was a rebellious and adventurous spirit who broke barriers in art and life.

She spent the first years of her life in Budapest getting painting lessons. Amrita could very well have spent all her life, short as it was, as a wealthy socialite interested in the arts. However, two things changed all that-her entry into the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, when she was only seventeen and her relocation to the place of her father’s birth, India. She had lived in Shimla earlier, earning plaudits for her performances at the Gaiety Theatre while still a child. This inordinately talented painter earned accolades very early on for her talent in Paris.

“Vivid colour, graceful forms, and bold strokes mark the truly remarkable life and work of Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil. Today’s Doodle honours the ‘Indian Frida Kahlo,’ who left no holds barred in her work, or in her life. Her paintings speak volumes of her passionate lifestyle and relentless desire to express herself through her canvasses.

Sher-Gil studied and practised in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she got her start as an artist and life consummate bohemian. Over time, her work became a clear salute to the feminine form, and Sher-Gil into an uncompromising talent,” says Google in its description of the doodle in honour of Amrita Sher-Gil.