Raja Ravi Varma remains one of the most famed of all Indian artists even today. The popular images of mythological characters, such as Saraswati, Lakshmi , that most of us have grown up with, were created by Raja Ravi Verma (1848-1906). His influence is so pervasive that even today Hindu mythology and art continues to use his stylistic representation.
It was in the 19th century that artist Raja Ravi Varma, to make art accessible to everyone — even the middle class, started making oleographs; a print made with oil paint that makes the painting look like an oil painting.
In the early 20th century, some oleographs made their way furthur east, where they were further embellished with embroidery and zardosi. The pieces with the zari work are the real collectables. The women of that period often used these works as a reference to find the color combinations in vogue. Each zari piece is unique as they cannot be exactly the same.
The pieces are self-explanatory. The use of fabric is very unique — it resonates with the aesthetic of those times and reflects on the fashion trends of that era.
This large oleograph is an image full of humour. The rotund king in all his royal spendor and on his throne, with the lotuses blooming at his feet. Again the details are beautifully captured and the tasteful embellishments are delightful. His crown, with the pearl embellishment, and the little undulating textures is really special. The arched nature of the painting makes a fitting frame to show the king in all it's glory
Medium: Oleograph ( Decorated)
Size: 14.75" x 19" (With frame)