Cosmic Heart Gallery and The Art Hopper present RAJA RAVI VARMA 1848-1906, a beautiful collection of Oleographs by the Painter Prince of the Indian Art World
Show dates: January 15-February 23, 2017 Timings: 11am-7pm Tues-Sat.
The indelible impression of Gods and Goddesses that Indians have can be attributed largely to the visual cultural heritage of Raja Ravi Varma. His depiction of the Goddesses Saraswati and Lakshmi received nationwide recognition and all previous representations faded from the memory of the people. Almost all the characters from the epics and the Puranas have been represented in his art.
Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings of beautiful sari-clad women have also received recognition in the West. His depictions of Indian women drew such appreciation that a beautiful woman would often be described as looking “as if she had stepped out of a Varma canvas.”
Varma adapted western realism to pioneer a new movement in Indian art. His great desire that his paintings should not be in the possession of royal families alone, led to the starting of the Lithographic Press. In 1894, he set up a Lithographic Press in order to mass-produce copies of his paintings as Oleographs, enabling ordinary people to afford them. That innovation resulted in the tremendous popularity of his images, which became an integral part of popular Indian culture thereafter.
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