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This is a painting by Raja Ravi Varma of a girl from the Malabar region. Her hair is done up in a knot typical of the women from the Malabar. This painting formed the exemplar for the chromolithograph printed at the Ravi Varma Press- the print bearing the name "Malabari Saundarya" meaning "The Beauty from the Malabar".

Details

  • Title: Malabari Saundarya
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Physical Dimensions: 35.5 x 27.4 cms
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: Private Collection Photo © Christie's Images/Bridgeman Images.
  • Rights: Curatorial rights: The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator's Biography: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a prolific Indian artist who is recognized for his resorting to the academic realistic style of painting. His portraits of English and Indian royalty and aristocracy were well received. His paintings on Hindu religious and mythological subjects and paintings from classical and literary sources were highly sought after even during his lifetime. He painted several copies of his works and this demand led to the suggestion to have his paintings printed in the form of oleographs. The Ravi Varma Fine Art Lithographic Press was established in Bombay (now Mumbai) and commenced operations in 1894. Many of Ravi Varma's paintings were printed as chromolithographs at this Press. These chromolithographs would have a tremendous impact on religion, society and aesthetics. They went on to democratize art leading to immortalize Ravi Varma in the minds of the people of the Indian subcontinent.

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