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The little girl in this painting, seen in the forefront of this work, is the final and finished composition of what is seen in the sketch titled 'Sketch of a gypsy girl'. This work hangs in Sri Chitra Art Gallery in Thiruvanathapuram.

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  • Title: Gypsies of South India or Poverty
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1896-10-10
  • Location Created: Travancore, Kerala
  • Original Source: Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Medium: Oil Paint
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Collection: Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram
  • About the Artist: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), India’s foremost artist, who took art to the masses, hailed from Kilimanoor, in the erstwhile state of Travancore. From a very young age, Ravi Varma, was drawn towards art, imbibing techniques from his uncle and mentor Raja Raja Varma and his mother, Umayamba Bayi, a poet in her own right. Varma was much sought after by the Royals and owing to his popularity and reputation, his spectacular and richly-textured works were prolific. His realistic portrayals of contemporary figures and interpretations of religious and mythological figures fetched him instant and enduring success, lifting his standing in the art world. If the Royals and his countrymen were in awe of this great talent, the international world was spellbound by his imagination and creativity. He ensured that art would be accessible to all, through reproductions of his paintings which were made available, and affordable to everyone.

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