Highlighting Marie-Louise Chassany

Most write-ups on Amrita Sher-Gil have a note on the purported relationship between her and Marie-Louise Chassany.  What I do find odd is that while people love talking about the contents of her letters and highlighting her sexual preferences – I have never seen anyone identify the two portraits of Marie-Louise Chassagny  at the NGMA.

…I believe that it is impossible to fully transform one’s sexual desires into art, to idealize it and tranquil it through art for a whole life-time this is only a stupid superstition of the feeble brains…Marie Louise was such an abnormal type of woman…we never had anything sexual between us.

A Party at École des Beaux-Arts - Amrita far-right, Marie-Louise face partly hidden
A Party at École des Beaux-Arts – Amrita far-right, Marie-Louise partly visible

The first full length portrait of Marie-Louise by Amrita at the NGMA

Marie Louise Chassany

And Another

marie louise chassaney by Amrita Shergil at NGMA

A third and a very finely executed charcoal portrait also exists.

While there are many self-portraits of Amrita – there are portraits of others like Victor Eagan (her husband),

Victor-Egan by Amrita Shergil

but the presence of at least three portraits of Marie-Louise would indicate a close relationship whether sexual in nature or not.

Indrajit Chatterjee

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Disclaimer: I do not own any of the works whose images are shown above (they are at the NGMA). I do own the charcoal portrait.

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