This painting of a lady, holding an orange in her hand, is one of Raja Ravi Varma's most popular works. It is believed to have been created at the time Raja Ravi Varma was living and working in and around Maharashtra and Gujarat. There is another version of the painting, done by Raja Ravi Varma in similar manner, titled 'The Coquette'.


  • Title: Lady With A Fruit
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1894
  • Location Created: Travancore, India
  • Subject Keywords: Lady, Fruit, Raja Ravi Varma, orange,
  • Original Source: National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Dimensions: 17.75" x 23.5"
  • 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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