A scene of distress as Sita is enveloped in the arms of Mother Earth and taken away from Lord Ram, the artist has created a somber mood in this painting through the use of dark colours and grim overtones. Notice the use of a single botanical element, the pink rose, adorning all the main characters in this work.


  • Title: Sita Bhumipravesh
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Location: Vadodara, Gujarat
  • Location Created: Baroda, India
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Vadodara
  • Original Source: Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum, Vadodara
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Dimensions: 56" x 40"
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • 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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