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Brunner, Erzsébet (Elizabeth) (Sass-Brunner) (Nagykanizsa, 1 July 1910 - Delhi, India, 2 May 2001) – Painter, moved and settled in India. Her parents, Ferenc (Francis) and Erzsébet Sass-Brunner (née Farkas) were both painters. The mother and daughter (who was 18 years old at the time) settled in India on the invitation of Rabindhranath Tagore at the Tagore University of Santiniketan in 1930. She joined the avant-garde trend of the School of Bengal. She is considered as one of the classics of the 20th century Indian painters. The young girl’s paintings were focused on portraits and Buddhist subjects, while her mother painted the fabulous Himalayan sceneries. Their first domestic exhibition was held in 1981. The mother’s grave is located at Nainital in the Himalayan foothills. The daughter, an excellent portrait painter, created portraits of several Indian politicians, who fought for India’s independence, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Gandhi’s portrait is considered to be one of her best works. She also painted landscapes, nature, and ancient Indian sculptures. Her works include Portrait of My Mother (Édesanyám portréja) (1930); The Birth of the Ganges (A Ganges születése) (1934); Shiva, God of the Himalaya (Shiva, a Himalaya istene) (1944), and Birth of Siddhartha (Siddharta születése) (1956). In 1981 the Indian Government bought more than twenty of her portraits, while more than sixty are in the Museum in Barada. She was a recipient of the Padmashri Prize. – B: 0883, 0932, T: 7653.→Sher-Gil, Amrita.

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