AMRITA SHER-GIL

Amrita Sher-Gil was born on January 30, 1913, in Hungary, to Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Mahithia (a Sikh aristocrat and a scholar of Sanskrit and Persian) and Marie Antoniette Gottessmann (a Hungarian Jewish Opera singer). Considered the pioneer of Indian modern art, Sher-Gil artfully straddled Western and Indian sensibilities in her work. After a failed attempt at abortion, she passed away at the age of twenty-eight on December 5, 1941, only a few days before the opening of her major show in Lahore (then a part of undivided India).

NEWSPAPER READING

When smartphones, social media, and kindles were nonexistential, reading a newspaper, although primarily a solitary chore, was also a profound communal experience. Borrowing the old-school grace of flipping through huge, flimsy papers, this curation consists of black and white shots from across the world of people interacting with their daily supply of information.

TWENTIETH-CENTURY POSTWOMEN

At the onset of World War I, women stepped up to fill the void in the workforce. In America, they had long been rural mail carriers (since at least 1899), but began delivering in urban areas when the country experienced wartime labour shortages. They worked as city letter carriers again during World War II, but most left or were let go after the war ended.

Source: Paraphrased from USPS News Link

LORD EDWIN WEEKS

Lord Edwin Weeks (1849-1903) made two trips to India in his lifetime. Often credited with painting the Victorian Indian subcontinent in exquisite detail, the well-read American artist was also a skilled writer, as evidenced by his travelogue, where he documented the political milieu of the times and expressed his contempt for animal cruelty. Weeks loved being outdoors and was taken by the street scenes in India, a fascination that evolved into the subject of most of his art.