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.
The Naresh Oleograph featured is a fine example of the decorated oleograph and is in good condition. The serene and composed expression of the royal, and the luxurious details of his robes and jewellery is well captured. Particularly, the bejewelled turban is quite exceptional. The painting is a compelling piece and would stand out in every space. The painting has the Ravi Varma Press printed on the oleograph, which futhur enhances its worth.
Medium: Oleograph ( Decorated)
Press: Ravi Varma Press Karla-Lonavala
Size: 11" x 15" (With frame)