Amrita Sher-Gil was born in Budapest in 1913, but moved to India as a young child and trained in Italy. Sher-Gil’s life was short, but very prolific, as she left a huge body of work. Drawn to the poor and the oppressed of India, her work expresses sympathy for their condition. Sher-Gil was also attracted to the philosophy of Ghandi and the Indian National Congress. Sher-Gil’s art has influenced generations of Indian artists from Sayed Haider Raza to Arpita Singh and her depiction of the plight of women has made her art a beacon for women both in India and abroad. Her paintings are today considered by the Indian government to be National Art Treasures.
Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico in 1907. Her life was one of extremes, and she depicted every facet of it through her painting. She documented her personal journey of love, pain and mental turmoil, yet this was not where Kahlo’s work ended. A strong political consciousness permeated her work, which often raises questions about Mexican society and the construction of identity within it.