Woman Holding a Fruit

Raja Ravi VarmaLate 19th century

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art

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.

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  • Title: Woman Holding a Fruit
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • 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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