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Two Women
Title Two Women
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 74 cm x 100 cm
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. This painting depicts two rural women: one seated and one standing, possibly in conversation with each other. Both the women have their heads covered with an odhni (dupatta). They are dressed in a traditional attire. In the background we see the foliage of a banana tree. The angles of gaze between the two women that meet at a perpendicular angle with one looking down at the seated figure and the other looking out at the viewer, makes for a complex visual dialogue. 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'