30/01/2016 12:46 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Google Honours Artist Amrita Sher-Gil On Her 103rd Birth Anniversary With A 'Three Girls' Doodle


Keeping with its tradition of honouring noted personalities from across the globe, Google on Saturday dedicated their special 'doodle' to one of the most renowned Indian painters of the 20th century, Amrita Sher-Gil, on her 103rd birth anniversary.

Sher-Gil, who was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 30 January, 1913 to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian Jewish mother, is often referred to as the Frida Kahlo of India. She died in 1941 when she was just 28 years old.

Google came up with the best possible tribute for Sher-Gil. For a generation who maybe be unfamiliar with her work, the doodle may seem like simple a painting of three girls decked in a traditional salwar kurta, their pallus wrapped tightly around them. However, the doodle by Jennifer Hom is a simplified version of Sher-Gil's famous painting Three Girls, which can be viewed here.

(An employee poses alongside a self-portrait painting by Indian artist Amrita Sher-Gil, painted in 1931, during the annual South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale preview at Christie's auction house in London on June 5, 2015.)

In a statement, Google said, "Today's Doodle honours the 'Indian Frida Kahlo', who left no holds barred in her work, or in her life. Her paintings speak volumes of her passionate lifestyle and relentless desire to express herself through her canvasses."

"Sher-Gil studied and practiced in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she got her start as an artist and life consummate bohemian. Over time, her work became a clear salute to the feminine form, and Sher-Gil into an uncompromising talent," said Google on its blog.

In October 2015, a rare self portrait of Sher-Gil created in 1931 was sold for 1.7 million pounds in London at a Sotheby's auction.

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