Raja Ravi Varma (29 April 1848 – 2 October 1906) stands as an eminent Indian painter and artist hailing from the princely state of Travancore, now part of Kerala. Renowned for his distinctive style, Varma gained acclaim for his vivid depictions of scenes from Indian literature, particularly the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest painters in the annals of Indian art, Varma’s work represents an exquisite fusion of Indian traditions with the nuanced techniques of European academic art.
His masterpieces, characterized by a portrayal of sari-clad women in a gracefully captivating manner, have left an indelible mark on the artistic landscape. Varma’s paintings, now revered as some of the finest examples of cultural amalgamation, have found a place in numerous households, becoming iconic representations of a bygone era.
Raja Ravi Varma – The Painter Prince – Documentary
#1. The Maharashtrian Lady by Raja Ravi Varma
#2. Princess Damayanthi talking with Royal Swan about Nala by Raja Ravi Varma
#3. Lady giving Alms at the Temple by Raja Ravi Varma
“Under the patronage of Maharajah Ayilyam Thirunal of Travancore, Raja Ravi Varma embarked on a formal artistic journey, commencing with foundational training. His artistic roots took hold in Madurai, where he acquired the fundamentals of painting. Subsequently, Varma honed his skills in water painting under Rama Swami Naidu and in oil painting under the guidance of Dutch portraitist Theodor Jenson.”
#4. Radha Madhavam by Raja Ravi Varma
#5. Goddess Saraswati by Raja Ravi Varma
#6. Menaka and Vishwamitra by Raja Ravi Varma
#7. Birth of Krishna by Raja Ravi Varma
“The turning point in Varma’s career came with widespread acclaim following his award-winning exhibition in Vienna in 1873. His paintings gained international recognition at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, earning him three prestigious gold medals. Varma, a dedicated traveler, crisscrossed India in search of diverse subjects, often drawing inspiration from the beauty of South Indian women to create his depictions of Hindu Goddesses.”
#8. Fresh from Bath by Raja Ravi Varma
#9. There comes Papa by Raja Ravi Varma
#10. Expectation by Raja Ravi Varma
#11. Mohini on a Swing by Raja Ravi Varma
#12. Lady in her Dressing Room by Raja Ravi Varma
#13. Looking in to the Mirror by Raja Ravi Varma
#14. Ganga and Shantanu by Raja Ravi Varma
#15. Maharani Chimanbai by Raja Ravi Varma
“Renowned for his renditions of episodes from the Mahabharata, such as Dushyanta and Shakuntala, and Nala and Damayanti, Raja Ravi Varma carved a distinct niche in Indian art. While criticized for a style deemed showy and sentimental, Varma’s work remains immensely popular in India, with many of his splendid creations housed at the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara.”