Raja Ravi Varma was a great painter of the 19th and 20th centuries who brought modern style to Indian painting by bringing it out of the traditional form. A wonderful combination of the style of ancient Indian painting and modern new painting is seen in his painting. Let us introduce you to his biography.
Raja Ravi Varma was born in 1848 in Kilimanoor village, about 36 km from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. It is said that his family was associated with the royal family of Travancore. His uncle was also a great painter. Raja Ravi Varma learned the initial painting from the state painter Ramaswamy Naidu of Trivandrum and obtained the court painting from Alagri Naidu. His painting has an imprint and glimpse of European painting.
In fact, Raja Ravi Varma has made pictures of all the major Gods and Goddesses of Indian religion with utmost artistry, beauty, sweetness and beauty. Unique examples of his unique painting skills are Vishwamitra, Maneka’s paintings, Harishchandra, Shri Krishna, Balaram, Mohini, Rukmagandha and Dushyant-Shakuntala etc. When the exhibition of his paintings was held in 1893, only the rich people had the right to see that exhibition. Later, when the painting reached the public, the people got an opportunity to get acquainted with their wonderful painting.
Raja Ravi Varma holds his unique place among the painters of India because the technicalities of his art are distinguished by the unmatched coherence of the ancient and European art styles. He became popular in the Indian general public because he made such pictures in the most beautiful and natural posture of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, which seem to be very alive and full of Shudha. The beautiful form of oil paintings is found in his paintings.