Ram Sagar Durp Haran

by Raja Ravi Varma
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Size: 21 x 15 inches (Framed)
Medium: Oleograph
Condition: Slight Fading of Colour
Signature: Signed by Ravi Varma


With the name translating to ‘Rama Vanquishing the Ocean’, this artwork depicts an important scene from the epic Ramayana. Lord Rama arrives at the edge of the ocean in search of Sita. He is accompanied by his brother Laxman, as well as the ‘vanarsena’. The choppy waters pose danger to them, so Rama request Varuna, the Lord of the Ocean to create a safe path in the ocean, but the request goes unheard. Hence, an angry Rama whips out his bow to aim the feared ‘Brahmastra’ at the ocean. Upon seeing this, Varuna and his consorts beg Rama not to do so, and as a helpful gesture, suggest building a bridge over the waters, so that Rama and his army can reach Lanka to rescue Sita, where she is being held captive by Ravana.
This oleograph is signed by the artist Raja Ravi Varma. There is some fading of colour due to passage of time.
  • 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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