Young Girls, by Amrita Sher-Gil
‘Young Girls’ is an oil on canvas painting, created by Hungarian-Indian artist Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), in 1932. It depicts her sister and friend; two very different women. Their personalities contrast and are told through their clothing choices, hair-styles, and differing postures. The background transitioning seems to reinforce this even more.
This painting her first major work and was a highly-appreciated painting. It shows the French influence that she was under, and her inspiration from artists such as Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Her later body of work differed in style and influence of her heritage. For example, Sher-Gil’s piece 1935 ‘Three Girls’ painting shows her contrasting stylistic choices. However, what they have in common is her lens on depicting women.
The work was so adored that it, in 1933, won a Gold Medal at the Grand Salon.
‘Young Girls’ is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
- Sher-Gil, A. (1932). Young Girls. Retrieved from: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/amrita-sher-gil/amrita-sher-gil-room-1-early-years-paris
- Sher-Gil, A. (1935). Three Girls. Retrieved from: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/amrita-sher-gil/amrita-sher-gil-room-2-return-india