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Amrita Sher-Gil

A Self-Portrait in Letters & Writings

Edited By: Vivan Sundaram


Tulika, February 2010, 900 pages Categories: Art/Culture Studies

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Boxed set of 2 volumes

10.5 x 7.5 inches

Full-colour with

approximately 1000 visuals  

This self-portrait of the iconic Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil (1913Ė1941) represents more than a life. For this book in two volumes, Amritaís extant letters and writings are translated and reproduced from the originals, and in their entirety. The book draws on the primary text of these letters to open up a visual narrative around the artistís oeuvre, complemented by a parallel text of notes that not only annotate but also entangle the personal in the web of contemporaneity. The editorial intervention expands the setting to include the artistís voice, photographs from the Sher-Gil family album, reviews from contemporary art critics, and excerpts from autobiographies and testimonies that touched Amritaís life. There are fullcolour reproductions of 147 paintings by the artist, representing the largest such collection in print, as well as of her early sketches and watercolours. This archival effort makes for a definitive volume on the life, art and writings of Amrita Sher-Gil. The book has a Foreword by Salman Rushdie; a Prologue and an Epilogue by Vivan Sundaram; a complete list of Amrita Sher-Gilís 171 known oil paintings with thumbnail sketches and detailed captions; and a select bibliography of writings by and on Amrita Sher-Gil. Vivan Sundaram, born in Shimla in 1943, studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, Vadodara, and the Slade School of Fine Art, London in the 1960s. He returned to India in 1970 and continued painting. Since 1990 he has turned to making artworks as sculpture, installation, photography and video. Vivan, himself a member of the Sher-Gil family, has been engaged with the Sher-Gil project over a thirty-year period, as curator, editor, archivist. All payments should be in favour of LEFTWORD BOOKS. Please add Rs 65/$3 to cheques not payable at par in Delhi. We will not be responsible for books lost in the post. To ensure this does not happen, please add Rs.75 for registration charges. You can also order and pay online at Email disclaimer: You have received this email because you, or someone on your behalf, entered your email id on If you wish to stop receiving future emails from us, type 'REMOVE' in the subject box and send an email to from your email id. LeftWord Books may not have any other way of informing you about our books and services.