Saraswati and Lakshmi (Pair) 03

by Raja Ravi Varma
(inclusive of taxes)


Size: 31.5 x 23.5 inches (Framed)
Medium: Oleograph
Condition: Fading and slight damage to frame
Signature: Signed by Ravi Varma


Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, music, and the arts. She is often depicted with four hands instead of two, holding a Veena (musical instrument) along with a Japamala (prayer beads). Her mount, the peacock is seated beside her.
Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. The wife and shakti of Lord Vishnu, she is depicted with four arms, holding the lotus flower in two of them. She is seen standing on a lotus, and an elephant is seated beside her.
These two oleographs are from the 1940s-50s and are available as a pair. The oleograph of Goddess Saraswati has slight damage to the frame, and there is overall fading of colour. The artwork measures 31.5 x 23.5 inches with the frame.
The oleograph of Goddess Lakshmi is signed by Ravi Varma on the bottom left. There is some damage to the frame on the bottom left and top, as well as slight fading in the artwork. It measures 31 x 22 inches with the frame.
  • 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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