Sunday Morning


It’s grey and gloomy and cool here his morning.  Some rain was coming down but that stopped and it looks like it’s done for the day.  There’s a simple breakfast of cheese and baguette, some green grapes and of course my morning coffee.  I’d die without that.  well, maybe I wouldn’t exactly die but coffee drinkers know what I mean.

You can hear gunshots off in the distance.  Some guys are out duck and goose hunting on the remaining part of farmland between my place and the old town area.  I keep wondering how long it’s gonna be before the developers buy up the land and replace it with some more Minnesota mini mansions.  3,500 – 3,800 square feet, overly priced and built too damn quick.

Back to breakfast and coffee.

Art Sunday #89: Amrita Sher-Gil – Young Girls


Amrita Sher-Gil (Punjabi: امرِتا شیرگِل, ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਾ ਸ਼ੇਰਗਿੱਲ; 30 January 1913 – 5 December 1941) was an eminent Indian painter, sometimes known as India’s Frida Kahlo.   Born to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian-Jewish mother, she is today considered an important woman painter of 20th-century India, whose legacy stands on a par with that of the Masters of Bengal Renaissance.  She is also the “most expensive” woman painter of India.

Sher-Gil’s art has influenced generations of Indian artists from Sayed Haider Raza to Arpita Singh and her depiction of the plight of women has made her art a beacon for women at large both in India and abroad.   The Government of India has declared her works as National Art Treasures,  and most of them are housed in the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.   A postage stamp depicting her painting ‘Hill Women’ was released in 1978 by India Post, and the Amrita Shergill Marg is a road in Lutyens’ Delhi named after her. In 2006, her painting Village Scene sold for ₹6.9 crores at an auction in New Delhi which was at the time the highest amount ever paid for a painting in India.

Besides remaining an inspiration to many a contemporary Indian artists, in 1993, she also became the inspiration behind, the famous Urdu play, by Javed Siddiqi, Tumhari Amrita (1992), starring Shabana Azmi and Farooq Shaikh.

Her work is a key theme in the contemporary Indian novel “Faking It” by Amrita Chowdhury.   Aurora Zogoiby, a character in Salman Rushdie’s 1995 novel “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” was inspired by Sher-Gil.