Modernist painter Amrita Sher-Gil has been honoured with a Google doodle today on her 103rd birth anniversary. On its home page, the search engine has posted a depiction of Sher-Gil’s famed painting ‘Three Girls’ created by Jennifer Hom.
To create the final version, Hom has reworked the image to match Sher-Gil’s style and signature attention to the tone, texture and color of skin and clothing. “Vivid color, graceful forms, and bold strokes mark the remarkable life and work of Indian painter described as the ‘Indian Frida Kahlo’,” Google says about her works, which have been declared as National Treasures in India.
The reach of the Google doodle is seen in Argentina, Iceland, Portugal,Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Israel, Kenya, Kazhakstan, Indonesia and Japan besides India.
Sher-Gil is considered among the most important Indian painters of the 20th century. Like her Mexican peer Kahlo, with whom she shares Hungarian heritage, Sher-Gil was a rebellious and adventurous spirit who broke barriers in art and life.
Born in 1913 to a Sikh father and Hungarian mother in Budapest, the artist was influenced by both eastern European and South Asian styles and standards of female beauty. She studied and practiced in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she got her start as an artist and life consummate bohemian.
After returning to India, she painted many portraits of her family and friends, the most notable being “The Three Girls.”
A total of 95 of the 174 documented works she created over the course of her brief career are held in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art.
The painter passed away on December 5, 1941 before the age of twenty-nine.