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Women You Should Know — Amrita Sher-gil | Born to a Punjabi Sikh aristocrat and a Hungarian Jewish opera singer, Sher-gil learned to paint at age eight. She studied in Florence and Paris, and was influenced by European painters of the time, like Cezanne and Gauguin. After returning to India in 1936, she was inspired by the Bengal School of Art, and toured South India, where she found her calling- to paint the lives of Indian people, particularly villagers and women.