Raja Ravi Varma

  Ramayana  | Mahabharata | Religion & Mythology | Puranas | Portraits | Sanskrit Literature |  Historic

Artist in the Making

     With the influence of the west, at seeing the Italian Paintings with three dimensional appearance which were quite different from the Native Mural paintings on the walls of the Hindu Temples and after observing the Dutch Painter Theodore -Jensenís paintings for about a monthís time at Thiruvananthapuram, he adopted new techniques in painting. But the art of mixing colors was kept a secret which he learnt all by himself after continued trial and errors. His paintings had a blend of European techniques of light and shade and the Indian traditional contexts. Ravi Varmaís multi-faceted subjects running into many hundreds of paintings include Mythology, Epics, Puranas, Sanskrit literature, History, Personal Portraits and Animal Life. His subjects also included the rustic, common rural folk of divergent backdrops.


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