Ravi Varma often made multiple editions of this work, as is evident with "The Coquette" and "Lady With Fruit" that is part of the collection of works by the artist housed at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. It is believed that the painting of "The Coquette" is the first work painted by the artist, while "Lady With Fruit" with is slightly sloppy brush strokes and less focus on detail, especially the jewellery and sari detailing, is the second version of this painting.


  • Title: The Coquette
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1893
  • Location Created: Travancore, India
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Travancore, Jewellery
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Medium: Oil Paint
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Signed bottom right "Ravi Varma Coil Tampuran, Travancore". Titled bottom left "The Coquette"
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Collection: Private Collection
  • 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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