She painted intensely during those Parisian years, mostly self-portraits and portraits of friends.
22 self-portraits are known. Amrita observes her own transition from teenager to adulthood, which is also a passage from shyness to energy and from family life to the free life of Parisian students and artists. She analyzes her feelings with a high psychological curiosity, whilst complacently stating that her supreme model is Van Gogh.
On October 6 in London, Sotheby's sells an oil on canvas 55 x 46 cm, lot 18 estimated £ 1.5M. This self-portrait was painted in 1931 for her classmate and flirt Boris Taslitzky and stayed up to now in his collection. She was 18 years old and her personality was becoming radiant. She reddened her thick lips and displayed her somehow plenty teenage appearance.
Figures by Amrita often include a symbolic subtlety. Here the loose necklace gives an impression of spontaneity that contrasts nicely with her static attitude. A self-portrait painted from profile in the same year, sold for £ 1.76M including premium by Christie's on June 10, 2015, showed her confidence in the future through the emptied bowl which she looked over.
Amrita and Boris did not stay long together. Boris chose the political involvement while the young woman was leaving to discover her cultural roots in India, with the prodigious success that has been assigned to her in that country, unfortunately posthumously.
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