Legendary Indian-Hungarian artist- Amrita Sher-Gil’s artwork named “In the Ladies’ Enclosure” has created history after it was after it fetched a whopping ₹ 37.8 crore at Saffronart’s recent Summer Live Auction and thus becoming the second most expensive Indian work of art ever sold in history.
Currently the most expensive Indian artwork ever sold globally is a 1961 untitled work by VS Gaitonde that was eventually sold off for the astonishing amount of ₹39.98 crores at another Saffronart sale earlier this year creating history.
The oil on canvas artwork was created by Sher-Gil in 1938, a few years after her return to India.
The painting was painted at the artist’s family estate in Gorakhpur and beautifully shows a group of women engaged in myriad activities in a field.
On the occasion of the record-breaking auction, Dinesh Vazirani, the Co-founder and CEO of Saffronart said, “The work highlights her growth and development as an artist and is a culmination of years of coming into her own as an artist of repute,”The work highlights her growth and development as an artist and is a culmination of years of coming into her own as an artist of repute”.
He added that the record-breaking sale is a clear indication of her merit and a testament to her skills.
Amrita Sher-Gil’s previous record for her most expensive artwork was for a 1934 artwork titled ‘The Little Girl in Blue’ and was sold for ₹18.7 crores at Sotheby’s auction in Mumbai in 2018.
Amrita is renowned as “one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century” and a “pioneer” in modern Indian art making her India’s most famous woman artist. She is also recognized by the Indian government as a “National Treasure”, an honor that makes it illegal to take her art out of the country. Born in Hungary, the painter is also the GrandAunt of famous Bollywood Actor Jimmy Shergill. She died at the age of 28 in 1941 in Lahore.