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Size: 17 x 13 inches (Framed)
Medium: Oleograph (Decorated)
Condition: Some discolouration
Signature: Signed by Ravi Varma


According to mythology, Rambha was the queen of the apsaras and Lord Indra's go-to messenger. She was known for breaking the penance of several sages. Indra, the king of the heavens, feared the power of these sages and worried that he could not match them in their austerity, so he would send his apsaras to distract them and reduce their powers. This artwork depicts Rambha in all her beauty.
The oleograph is signed by the artist, Raja Ravi Varma. It has been dressed elegantly with beads on Rambha's sari and veil. There is some discolouration to the dress 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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