Raja Ravi Varma


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Raja Ravi Varma: Painter of Colonial India.
Definitive book on Raja Ravi Varma by author Rupika Chawla. It examines his life and times as a painter, the influences on his work, his muses and themes.

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Raja Ravi Varma

  1. 1. Raja Ravi Varma Painter of Colonial i ndia Rupika Chawla M apin p ublishin g
  2. 2. W NE MAPIN PUBLISHING OrdEr Publishers of quality illustrated books on Indian art, culture and literature YOUr In the book: COPY Raja Ravi Varma Private Lives and the Turn of the Century The Itinerant Varma Brothers Painter of C olonial i ndia Cities and States Rupika Chawla Exploring the Source Themes and Preoccupations Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906) was among the first Indian painters to The Image Moves On successfully adapt academic realism to the visual interpretation of Indian mythology and adopt Western painting techniques of portraiture. A Century Looks Back His genre of paintings, which eventually led to chromolithographs Painting the Canvas (oleographs), has maintained a lasting effect on the Indian sensibility, making him the best-known classical painter of modern times. This book is an account of Ravi Varma’s traditional background and environment in the context of colonial India, and the relationship of this milieu with his profession as an aristocratic itinerant painter. Many royal families of India and several rich and powerful personalities were patrons of Ravi Varma, who painted their portraits in large numbers. His lingering influence on the Indian mindset is also seen in the works of Indian contemporary painters and artists, who continue to be inspired by his art. This lavishly illustrated book brings together paintings from royal and private collections and museums, and works that have never been seen before, along with previously undisclosed maps, letters, photographs and other archival material. It traces the sources used by him, examines the techniques and methodology of his paintings, and discusses their conservation and the problem of fakes and copies. 360 pages, 436 colour illustrations Rupika Chawla is a conservator of paintings based in Delhi. She has Hardcover • 9.5 x 11.5” (241 x 292 mm) Price: Rs 3950 restored several Ravi Varma paintings at her studio in Delhi and she also gives training in conservation. Together with artist A. Ramachandran she organized the seminal exhibition on Raja Ravi Varma in 1993 at the A unique feature of this title is that it comes to the customer National Museum, Delhi, which brought about a strong revival of the with a choice of two splendid dust artist and his work. jackets—one showing the portrait of Chamarajendra Wadiyar X, Maharaja of Mysore on the cover; the other with Damayanti from Ravi Varma’s famous painting, Mapin Publishing The Swan Messenger. Customers 502 Paritosh, Near Darpana Academy, Usmanpura Riverside should indicate their choice of Ahmedabad 380013 INDIA • T: +91 79 40 228 228 • F: +91 79 40 228 201 cover at the time of placing their www.mapinpub.com order for the book. Email us at mapin@mapinpub.com or call for further enquiries Discounts offered for bulk purchase