ISBN 9788189995089,Raja Ravi Varma: Painter Of Colonial India

Raja Ravi Varma: Painter Of Colonial India


Rupika Chawla


Mapin Publishing



Mapin Publishing

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9788189995089

ISBN-10 8189995081


Number of Pages 360 Pages
Language (English)


Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was one of the first Indian painters to successfully adopt Western painting techniques and adapt academic realism to the visual interpretation of Indian mythology. His genre of paintings, which eventually lead to chromolithographs (oleographs), has maintained a lasting effect on the Indian sensibility, making him the best-known classical painter of the modern era. This book is an account of Ravi Varma's traditional background and environment and how they related to the modernization of colonial India, as well as his profession as an aristocratic itinerant painter. Lavishly illustrated with images taken from princely and private collections, and museums, the book includes works that have never been seen before: previously undisclosed maps, letters, photographs and other archival material. A unique feature of this title is that it comes to the customer with a choice of two splendid dust jackets [shown here]. Customers should indicate their choice of cover [Male/Female] at the time of placing the order.

About the Author
Rupika Chawla is a conservator of paintings who has restored several Ravi Varma art works. She is also a curator, and imparts training in conservation. She has written extensively on contemporary Indian art.

Table of Contents
Author's Note
Private Lives and the Turn of the Century
The Itinerant Varma Brothers
Cities and States
Exploring the Source
Themes and Preoccupations
The Image Moves On
A Century Looks Back
Painting the Canvas