Raja Ravi Varma


Lot No
Oil on canvas
48 x 29.7 in.
Rs. 3,00,00,000 - 4,00,00,000

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additional information

Signed & Dated : Bottom Left

This lot is a National Art Treasure - Non Exportable Item (payment only in Indian Rupees)

This lot is a registered antique with the Government of India, under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act -1972, under Antiquities and Art Treasures Rule 1973, under section 16 of the above act.

Published : Manifestations X. 20th Century Indian Art, pg.160.

A Visual History of Indian Modern Art: Volume Two, Birth of Modernism, cover and pg. 368.

Provenance : From a Delhi based corporate collection, property was acquired by the present owner from an important collector based in Singapore who had acquired it from the Russell family collection.

Artwork Size

Height of the figure - 6ft

about artist

Varma was born on 29 April 1848 in Attingal, Travancore, (now Tamil Nadu). Varma painted portraits that featured royalty, women, gods and goddesses, themes that appealed to the elite and later attracted the masses. His famous oleographs of mythological scenes from epic Indian mythology especially the Ramayana and Mahabharata. His works portray sari clad Indian women in graceful spiritual manner which became an important motif for the time. He skilfully bought together Indian traditions along with European academics in art. He was influenced from his many travels around the Gujarat State. Varma is one of our master painters, a national treasure as well as an influence to many artists over the years.

Varma lived and passed away on 5th October in 1906.