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The Self Portrait Sketch of Raja Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma

The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation

The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation
Bengaluru, India

This is probably the only self portrait of Raja Ravi Varma. It is a sketch from his sketchbook and Raja Ravi Varma can be seen working at his easel painting a portrait. Dressed in a loose shirt and trousers, his back faces the viewer. His hair is tied up in a tuft called a 'kudumi' in South India.

Details

  • Title: The Self Portrait Sketch of Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 34 x 24 cms
  • Type: Sketch
  • Original Source: Sree Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Rights: Curatorial rights: The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Pencil on Paper
  • 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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