Raja Ravi Varma

14 x 20 Inches
Chromolithograph on Paper
Signed inprint lower left. Published at Ravi Varma Press,Malavli-Lonavla

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Raja Ravi Varma was one of the earliest pioneers of the modernist, figurative idiom. Working during the late 19th century, he made scores of paintings of Indian Gods and Goddesses.In 1894 he started a printing press in Mumbai and later shifted it to Malavli near Lonavala, Maharashtra in 1899. The oleographs produced by the press were mostly of Hindu gods and goddesses in scenes adapted mainly from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Puranas. These oleographs were very popular and continued to be printed for many years by Anant Shivaji Desai who was a businessman from the erstwhile Sawantvadi State in British India. He established himself as a publisher in Bombay, selling prints of Raja Ravi Varma's paintings. After Varma's death in 1906,Desai had acquired the rights to the Baroda and Mysore collections, publishing them until 1945,