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Posted on Jan 31, 08:36PM | IANS
New Delhi, Jan 31 : Legendary 20th century artist Amrita Sher-Gil is back in the spotlight on her birth centenary with the release of a special cover of her 1935 painting "Three Girls" here Thursday.
The painting's cover was released at National Gallery of Modern Art in collaboration with the Department of Posts and Ministry of Culture. "A Family Album" - a film on the artist made by Navina Sundaram - was also screened.
Painted after returning from Paris, where Sher-Gil studied art, "Three Girls" won the Bombay Art Society gold medal.
Sher-Gil was born to a Hungarian mother and a Punjabi father Jan 30, 1913, and died at the age of 28 in 1941.
"Amrita Sher-Gil lived life on her own terms. She was perhaps one of the earliest feminists in our country, celebrating the beauty and power of women through her paintings," said Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch at the event.
"In a pre-global era, Sher-Gil's art displayed a blend of European and Indian influences well ahead of her times. Her command over handling of oil as a medium and use of colour, as well as her vigorous brushwork and strong feeling for composition were the marks of a genius," Katoch said.
Also present were Karan Singh, Indian Council for Cultural Relations president, and Katalin Bogyay, UNESCO General Conference president and Hungary's ambassador to the United Nations' culture forum.