Village Girl
Title Village Girl
Accession Number acc-no-00042
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Medium Oil on Canvas
Main Artist Amrita Sher-gil
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1913-1941
Dimensions 56cm X 90cm
Brief Description In 1929, Amrita Sher-Gil joined the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and developed therein a visual language characteristic of 'Western' sensibilities, with its naturalism and textured application of paint. By the mid 1930's, Sher-Gil's style of painting underwent a radical change where the colours, textures, vibrancy and the earthiness of the people had a deep impact on the young artist. In this painting we see a young girl standing, holding her plaited hair in her right hand. her body posture, and her smiling face that looks at the viewer suggest her playful demeanour. Her waist is covered with a white skirt while she is in the nude from waist above. The artist's fascination seems to be focused on the young girl's simplicity of clothes and jewelry, reflective of her 'village' background. The "Indian body" is also given attention by Sher- Gil, wherein she emphasizes on the young girl's long slender waist, and arms. It is evident that Sher-Gil's transformation of style is complete by this period, and the focus is now not so much on realistic portrayal, but thematic and colour scheme. As Geeta Kapur has written, Amrita Sher-Gil had to 'act out the paradox of the oriental subject in the body of a woman designated as Eurasian - a hybrid body of unusual beauty'