The artistic skill of Amrita was very early. A landscape in the Hungarian countryside, painted in 1931 when she was 18, was sold for $ 610K including premium by Saffronart on September 19, 2012. Painted in the following year, a conversation between a young Hindu girl (perhaps a self -portrait) and a young blonde was sold for Rs 35 million including premium by Osian's on January 31, 2007.
On the initiative of an uncle, Amrita studies art in Paris from 1929 to 1934. She admires Gauguin's tribute to the beauty of Tahitian women. In the Art Déco period, she also retains the expressive power of stylization, which will be increasingly visible in her own style after she returned to India in 1934.
On March 18 in New York, Sotheby's sells a self-portrait signed Rita, oil on canvas 46 x 33 cm painted in 1933 while she had her summer time in Hungary. Aged 20, Amrita shows herself as a welcoming and even enticing young woman, with her direct gaze, broad smile and heavily reddened lips.
Less known internationally than Frida Kahlo, Amrita is one of the women who best appreciated and influenced the avant-garde of her time. She is one of the nine artists whose works were classified National Art Treasures in 1972 by an official act of the Government of India, leading to a ban on the permanent leaving of any of her works.
The arrival at auction of this self-portrait is a highly rare event, even when considering that it had been painted in Europe. It is estimated $ 1.2 million, lot 1336.
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