Graphic Book Review: Yet another of those graphic books which you might be mistaken to think is only for children (its published by Harper Collins Childrens division), I was drawn to this accidentally on Amazon because of my interest in painting and art. I had seen few famous paintings of Amrita Shergil and knew her to be a beautiful woman who sadly died very young at the age of 28, but nothing more.
This book is a graphic illustrated biography laid out in a very interesting and bewitching manner. While narrating her life story beginning with how her parents met (an Indian Sikh father and a Hungarian pianist mother), the story is interspersed with historical background of the momentous times she lived in : Two world wars, Indian freedom movement, and major changes in the art world. Photographs, letter extracts, prints of her paintings and illustrations of her life story (done by the talented illustrator Kalyani Ganapathy) blend in a beautiful way to carry the story forward in a gentle, lucid manner.
One of those rare magical books you marvel to have laid your hands on. The author Anita has done extensive research on previous biographies and published works of Amrita's life and art and the result is a beautiful collage. Someday have to visit NGMA in Delhi where much of Amrita's work donated by her family to the nation are exhibited. Till then this book will charm me and I will treasure it for aeons....
My 9 year old and I simply looovvveddd this labour of love . The context of Shergill’s life across continents taken you on a roller coaster ride that is rich , sensorial and absolutely delectable. The book is unputdownable ... gently talks to the reader and one steps into the colorful and rebellious world of Amrita .
The style conversational , research deep and illustrations mesmerising... this book is an absolutely treat !!!
Am hoping for more in the series of India Artists !! Anita and team take a bow !! Kudos !
It is important for our young generation to know about our artists, musicians and scientists. However, the number of books on these topics especially on the artists are very limited. The book "Amrita Sher-Gil: Rebel with a paintbrush" is an extraordinary book that is a fruit of a fine collaboration between the author Anita Vachharajani and the illustrator Kalyani Ganapathy. The book on the life and the passion for creativity of Amrita Sher-Gil features some of her famous paintings and the stories behind them. I purchased the book for the young readers, but flipping through the pages, I could not put it down. The quality of the print and the paper are good, the price is modest. Expecting more such book from the author in the future.
Rebel with a Paintbrush is a biography of Amrita Sher-Gil, the Hungarian-Indian artist. The target audience is children and young adults. The content is superb with great writing, illustrations and many gorgeous glossy prints of Sher-Gil's work. The production quality of the book is great. Buy it as a gift for children or gift it to yourself.
Loved this gorgeous and beautifully written book! A beautiful dive into the world of this important artist for Adults & Kids. The historical background and illustrations also support the text perfectly.
I love Sher-Gil's work. Almost everything she painted. Every work of art transformed itself in her hands. So there was this one biography of hers which I had read a long time ago, whose author I forget. But this is the one that will stay for a long time to come. I think it is mainly because of the illustrations.
"Rebel with a Paintbrush" very succinctly describes Sher-Gil - as a person, a wife, a lover, and an artist. More than anything, the book is all about her influences and her works of art. The journey of an artist is so well-described that I wished there was more of it. More than anything else, I am in awe of how she conducted herself and lived life on her terms. Mind you, we are referring to a time when feminism had just taken flight.
This book is about her life, her influences, her education, the growing-up years and her determination and passion toward her art. It is also about the story behind the artist - about the rebel and the dreamer, her loves and longing and what shaped her both as an artist and woman.
Anita Vachharajani's take on it may not seem new, but the writing is fresh and important. Also the beautiful reprints of Sher-Gil's work along with the original illustrations by Kalyani Ganapathy make it more than worthwhile to pick this brief biography. I loved how Anita has looked at every aspect of Amrita's life and ensured that nothing is missed. I can only imagine how she must've managed it but the result is quite a treat for someone who has an interest in art and wants to understand more about Amrita Sher-Gil - her life and work. Do read this book. Won't take too much of your time and a perfect one for the monsoons.