The Delhi Art Gallery is displaying works of 27 Indian artists who studied or lived in Paris

Ever since Amrita Sher-gil became the first Indian to study art in Paris in 1929 and eventually became its biggest export to India, the french capital has played an important role in Indian art. As the epicentre of the modern art movement, it continued to attract several Indian artists. Now an exhibition in Delhi, India’s French Connection: Indian Artists’s in France, is examining the relationship between the city and Indian artists. Part of the 25 year anniversary celebrations of Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), India’s French Connection, takes a look at twenty-seven Indian artists and the relationship they had with art institutions, museums and art movements in Paris.

Designed by scenographer Adrien Gadére, the exhibition explores the influence of French artistic movements on Indian artists from the 1920s onwards. Featuring significant Indian modernists such as Amrita Sher-Gil, S.H. Raza, Jehangir Sabavala and Ram Kumar, who studied in Paris or made it their home, the exhibition will look at their individual and collective journeys. This explores the mapping of the significance of the city to them, the artists they met there, and the French influence on their artistic repertoires.

Take a look at some of the paintings featured below.


The exhibition is open for general viewings at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, 1-11 February, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm.

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