Ravi Varma was born into an aristocratic family of Kerala. He taught himself the intricacies of oil painting and the practices of European naturalism. ‘Woman Holding a Fruit’ shows Ravi Varma’s mastery over the idioms of a new visual language in India. In the naturalistic depiction of the young woman, Ravi Varma lyrically combines eroticism with innocence. His handling of colours – mostly soft pinks and browns – heightens the tenderness evoked in this painting.


  • Title: Woman Holding a Fruit
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848/1906
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: Late 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w450 x h600 cm (Without frame)
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: National Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Modern Art

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