In this painting, the smitten Shakuntala is loath to leave Dushyanta whom she has only just met. She looks back as she leaves with her friends, unable to take her eyes off him, finding various excuses for lingering.


  • Title: Shakuntala Removing Thorn From Foot
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Date Created: 1898
  • Physical Location: Sri Chitra Art Gallery
  • Location Created: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Physical Dimensions: 43 x 71.6 "
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Shakuntala
  • Original Source: Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Collection: Collection of 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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