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Unseen for 80 years, Amrita Sher-Gil's 'The Little Girl in Blue' to be at Sotheby's inaugural sale

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amrita Sher-Gil's 'The Little Girl in Blue' that was last seen 80 years ago at her first ever solo show in in 1937, will go under the hammer at inaugural sale -- 'Boundless: India' on November 29.

The 1934 work, estimated between Rs 10 and 15 crore, is only the third by the ever offered at an auction in India, and the seventh offered anywhere in the world.

Painted by Sher-Gil at the age of 21, 'The Little Girl in Blue' is believed to depict Babit, the artist's second cousin and the granddaughter of the

Embodying a bohemian combination of East and West, Sher-Gil's work belonged to no particular school or style of painting, and has been treasured in the same family collection ever since it was acquired eight decades back by at in

"For first sale in Mumbai, we were looking for artists that reflected the true spirit of India, and who could better embody this than Honoured as a National Treasure Artist, she holds a special place in the history of Indian art.

"The scarcity of her paintings means that very few have been offered at auction in before. This is a very special moment," Gaurav Bhatia, of India, said.

The Hungarian-Indian forged a revolutionary new path informed by her experiences in Hungary, and India, creating a body of work that was simultaneously aggressively modern and decidedly Indian.

At a time when most artists portrayed women as content and compliant, Sher-Gil's treatment of female subjects was singularly unique, revealing their loneliness or silent resolve.

Ahead of Sotheby's 'Boundless: India' sale later this month, 'The Little Girl in Blue' will be placed on public display at the Bikaner House (November 17) here, and the (November 27-28) in

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 16:00 IST