‘Because we cannot paint in the West as we paint in the East – the colour of the white man is different from the colour of the Hindu and the sunshine changes the light. The white man’s shadow is bluish-purple while the Hindu has golden-green shadow. Mine is yellow. Van Gogh was told that yellow is the favourite colour of the Gods and that is right.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia

‘Earlier when I was working and I would feel frustrated I would throw away my brushes or work angrily. Now I swallow my anger and start working with coolness and concentration. The result is success.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia

‘Amrita had a dual attitude towards large cities. She hated their greyness and by implication their inhumanity, and at the same time she could not do without their stimulation… Her distaste for big cities went hand in hand with the fact that she felt at home in them. She seemed to seek solitude in the midst of the din and clang of people.’

– Yashodhara Dalmia, Amrita Sher-Gil A Life

‘Little by little I realize that every person carries within herself a calling against which it is hopeless to fight.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia