Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman - 01

by G.V. Venkatesh Rao
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Size: 22.5 x 16.5 inches (Framed)
Condition: Even water stains in bottom section
Medium: Oleograph (Decorated)
Signature: Bottom Right
Year: 1927


This is an oleograph of Lord Rama (centre), Sita (right), Laxmana (left) and Hanuman (kneeling) by G.V. Venkatesh Rao, one of the most well-known artists who worked for the Ravi Varma Press.
Rama is the hero of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic poem. In seven books, the story narrates the exile of Rama to the forest with his wife Sita and his brother Laxmana, the subsequent abduction of Sita by Ravana (the demon-king of Lanka) and the rescue of Sita with the help of Sugriva - the king of the monkey tribe, and his minister Hanuman. After a fierce battle, the city of Lanka was taken, Ravana was defeated and killed, and Sita was rescued. Rama returned and was crowned to begin his glorious reign of Ayodhya.
There is some glitter lightly sprinkled across the oleograph. There is a light water stain, evenly spread across the bottom. The artist has signed and dated the oleograph on the bottom right.
  • 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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