Hamsa Damayanti Samvad

by Raja Ravi Varma
(inclusive of taxes)
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Details

Medium: Oleograph
Press: Ravi Varma Press, Malavli-Lonavla
Condition: Good Condition
Size: 21 x 15 inches (Framed)
Signature: Bottom Right
Year: 1928

Description

Damayanti is a character in a love story, in the Vana Parva book of the Mahabharata. She was a princess of the Vidarbha Kingdom who married King Nala of the Nishadha Kingdom. As the story goes, Damayanti and Nala fall in love despite being miles away. A swan (Hamsa) acts as their messenger of love. Here, Damayanti can be seen eagerly awaiting the swan, who brings her news of her beloved.
This oleograph from 1928 carries the signature of the artist, Raja Ravi Varma. The artwork is in good condition.
  • ABOUT Raja Ravi Varma

    Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a celebrated Indian artist, famous for his realistic portrayal of Indian gods, goddesses and mythological characters, in scenes adapted mainly from the Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Puranas.

    Considered to be one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art, Ravi Varma fused European techniques with a pure Indian sensibility. Though a protégé of royalty, Raja Ravi Varma was the first to make prints (or lithographs) of his artworks affordable and easily available, bringing fine art to the masses. In fact, the Raja Ravi Varma Press was started in Mumbai by him in 1894, and managed by his brother Raja Varma, before being bought over by a German company. 

    An original 1890 Ravi Varma oil on canvas, titled 'Radha In The Moonlight' was sold for a whopping Rs. 20 crores at a Pundole auction in November 2016.

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  • ABOUT Oleographs

    Oleographs, also called chromolithographs, are multi-colour art prints, stemming from the process of lithography. Pioneered in the 1830s, the process of producing oleographs came into wide commercial use in the 1860s. The technique relied on using several woodblocks or stones with colours for printing, while hand-colouring remained an important aspect as well. Depending on the number of colours present, an oleograph could take months to produce by very skilled workers. Poor preservation and cheaper printing alternatives have made oleographs hard to find. Today, they are mainly used as fine art.

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