About Indian Art Amrita SherGil Self Portrait III Amrita Sher-Gil was an eminent Indian painter. Amrita Shergil was heavily influenced by Realism, Sher-Gil strived to portray the lives of people living within her local community. Amrita Shergil paintings have a beautiful blend of the Western and Indian styles of painting. She is also the 'most expensive' woman painter of India" The ferocity of mind and her passionate love of what is beautiful transcended through her brush strokes into the hauntingly beautiful and forceful self-portraits and portraits of friends and lovers from that period. These powerful portraits won her election as an associate of the Grand Salon, a rare honour at the time for a young, foreign artist in Paris.