Amrita Sher-Gil at Auction

27 Feb, 2017 - The Wall Art Magazine

Amrita Sher-Gil was the daughter of a Sikh aristocrat and a Hungarian opera singer. Born on the eve of the First World War, Amrita Sher-Gil grew up in Budapest. When Amrita was eight the family moved to India and lived in Simla. At the age of 16, she moved to Paris to study art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She’s made close to 173 paintings during her brief life of 28 years and is considered a pioneer in the history of Indian modern art. In 1976, the Government of India declared her works as National Treasures, which prohibited their exportation outside the country. 


A sizable number of her artworks are with the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and the rest are held in private collections, this is why her work rarely comes up for sale.  Here’s a look at three of her works that broke records at auctions in 2015.


Mar 2015 - Amrita Sher-Gil self-portrait sold for $2.92 million at Sotheby’s New York. It was one of the few canvases, which was in circulation outside India. Image credit: Sotheby's 

Given by the artist to her cousin-niece and husband during her trip to Europe circa 1933. These relatives were part of Ervin Baktay’s branch of the family. The painting was in the possession of the family and was acquired from them by the consignee.



Jun 2015 – Amrita Sher-Gil self- portrait sold at Christie’s in London for $2.72 m. It was part of a private collection in France. Image credit: Christie's 


Oct 2015 – Amrita Sher-Gil self-portrait sold for $ 2.65m at Sotheby’s art auction in London. This piece was gifted to Boris Taslitzky by the artist circa 1931 when they were studying together in Paris. Image credit: Sotheby's 






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