Arjuna and Subhadra - I

by Raja Ravi Varma
(inclusive of taxes)


Size: 21 x 15 inches (Framed)
Medium: Oleograph
Signature: Signed by Ravi Varma


Arjuna is the protagonist of the Indian epic Mahabharata and Subhadra is the younger sister of Krishna and Balarama. Arjuna and Subhadra fall in love with each other, and since Krishna is very attached to Arjuna, he supports their love. Knowing that the family will oppose their union, Krishna advises the couple to elope and depart for Indraprastha.
This oleograph has been signed by the artist, Raja Ravi Varma and has been printed at the Ravi Varma Press, Lonavala. The frame has undergone time related wear and tear.
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More