Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access (SIA Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Eric Wolf


This is a monographic paper about the Hungarian-Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) and focuses on the formative years of her artistic training which took place in Paris, France between the years of 1929 and 1933. These years had a significant impact on the remainder of her career which took place in India which is where she felt she ultimately belonged. Through an analysis of a selection of her works, it becomes obvious that her French-influenced education was pivotal in reorienting Indian art into a new modernist direction. The life and work of Sher-Gil has become more well-known in recent years in the West but she has been largely omitted from the canon of Western art history. This paper claims that the East and West have been always been tied to each other artistically and that artists such as Amrita Sher-Gil deserve recognition from both sides of the world.