Yashoda Pointing Out To Balakrishna His Cows

Raja Ravi Varma1870

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

Raja Ravi Varma painted many puranic themes on his canvas. One of the most popular and of which he made several versions is that of Yashoda Krishna. The mother and child theme is a perennial one in many cultures and it is apparent in some of Ravi Varma's works that the generic paintings of Madonna and the Child had made an impression on the artist. In the Yashoda Krishna series, Ravi Varma depicts the tender moment of togetherness between the mother and child.


  • Title: Yashoda Pointing Out To Balakrishna His Cows
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1870
  • Location Created: Travancore, India
  • Subject Keywords: Yashoda Krishna, Raja Ravi Varma
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Medium: Oil Paint
  • Art Form: Painting
  • 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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