Gertrude Sinha Hirsch was Kiron’s teacher, collaborator, model and muse, manager and supporter. Whilst she was an ardent critic of his work she was also his biggest admirer.
Gertrude was Kiron’s teacher. Her university training in Vienna included studies of anatomy, a European aesthetic of composition, perspective, and the use of oils. Due to the political situation of the time, growing Indian Nationalism, and the move towards Independence, European influences were rejected at Kala Bhavana in favour of classical Indian art, so these topics were absent from Kiron’s training from 1933-1937. Gertude gave Kiron access to the work of the post-impressionists and modernists, schooled him in composition, perspective, and anatomy, and taught him about the use of oils. These lessons are reflected across decades of Kiron’s works.