Nude Group
Title Nude Group
Accession Number acc-no-00051
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 81.3cm x 114.3cm
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. The painting depicts three nude figures: one seated at the centre, and two on either side. The central figure with her head tilted to her right has an expression of grief. In the foreground we see ornaments scattered on the floor. 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'