A scene of courtship as the man gazes admiringly as the beautiful maiden, the mood of the work is enhanced by the pretty rose held in the lady's hand. She has possibly just received the flower as a gift or token of appreciation from her admirer and blushes prettily at the gesture.


  • Title: Hesitation
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Original Source: Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Art Genre: Painting
  • Dimensions: 24" x 29.6"
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Collection: Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
  • 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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