Vivan Sundaram's Re-take of Amrita

Vivan Sundaram is the grandson of Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and nephew of Amrita Sher-Gil. His montages reinterpret photographs taken by his grandfather by showing the relationship between Amrita Sher-Gil and the people around her and is an exploration of Amrita’s life in India.

He uses digital technology to layer both an image of Amrita and her own painting in black and white. Amrita Sher-Gil works saw a balance between a western academic style and Indian aesthetics and subject matter. The photomontage by Sundaram shows a young Amrita on a self-portrait made by her.

Re-take of ‘Amrita’: Digital Photomontages

Vivan Sundaram (1943)

Re-take of ‘Amrita’: Digital Photomontages



22 x 12 in.

Signed and dated lower right

Estimate: 4,00,000 - 5,00,000 INR

Published: Family, Photography, and Icon: Vivan Sundaram’s Re-take of ‘Amrita’, IIAS Newsletter, #29, November 2002.

Exhibited: Vivan Sundaram: Re-take of Amrita, Crow Museum of Asian Art, 2014.

Provenance: Christie’s Mumbai 2013

Lot no. 18 coming up in Prinseps Spring Auction 224 - 25 April 2019

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