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Life And Times Of Amrita Shergill – Part I

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By Ankush Kumar

Ankush Kumar dwells deep into the life and times of Amrita Shergill, the most expensive woman painter of India

Dr. Peter was declared an enemy national. He couldn’t make it to her funeral. She was there lying peacefully, waiting to transcend into another world. Perhaps this was the only time she was at peace with herself.

Her face showed no remorse, she had lived life to the fullest, done things that women of the 21st century too would feel is a little unimaginable. The colors and hues at the painting exhibition gave a fresh lease of life to an otherwise dull art gallery in the bylanes of Lahore.

The paintings spoke an universal language of different emotions a human body goes through. The eyes could make a stone walled man choke, heartbreaks did happen at the funeral as Amrita Shergill the renowned painter was laid to rest, even as her first solo painting exhibition was a grand success.

Alas! she had already started putting colors to another world.





Origins of Visual Arts

Sampurna Majumder delves into the evolution of visual arts.


As kids we indulge in various activities – playing, painting and much more. As adults some of us nurture serious hobbies like photography, travelling or drawing/painting.

Coming to painting. We all know about the Mona Lisa – da Vinci’s famous painting. Let’s delve into the evolution of the same?

Art forms that create work which are primarily visual in nature is referred to as visual arts. Examples in this category include drawing, painting, sculpture, designing, crafts, photography, architecture and even filmmaking. Though spanning such a broad spectrum, the term artist was earlier restricted to a person working in the arena of fine arts until the Arts and Crafts movement (1860 – 1910) took place in Britain. The artists of the movement valued vernacular art forms and also emphasized on painting.

Origins of Drawing and Painting

How do we differentiate the two? Well, drawing refers to making an image using tools and techniques, and also extensive use of dry media such as pen, ink, crayons, colour pencils, charcoals and pastels.

Painting on the other hand is the practice of applying pigment to a support such as canvas or paper. However, artistically put, it is a medley of drawing, colour composition and of course aesthetic considerations.

The history of drawing can be traced back to the Paleolithic Age. Cave paintings are known to exist in ancient France, Spain and also some parts of India. Ink drawing on papyrus depicting human figurines are found in ancient Egypt. By the 15th century when paper became prevalent in Europe, drawing was adopted by masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli.

Like drawing, the history of painting can be traced back to some 30000 years. Lascaux and Chavet caves in southern France bear evidence to the paintings of bison, cattle, deer and horses.

However, painting and visual arts reached its high period during Renaissance. From Giotto in the 13th century to Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci during the 16th century, visual arts and painting opened a completely new window to the world.