The Printmaker: Raja Ravi Varma’s Artistic Legacy

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Raja Ravi Varma's placement of the dominant character is always on the left 
In the year 1894, the aristocratic Malayali painter, Raja Ravi Varma beloved in equal measure by the British overlords and the common man, ushered in a new phase of Indian art. This was the new age: art had reached the common man. Having enjoyed the patronage of the exceedingly wealthy House of Travancore, Varma acted on the advice of then Dewan T. Madhava Rao, to start a lithographic printing press in Ghatkopar. The press produced oleographs - the remarkable pantheon of Indian gods and goddesses churned out by the hundred. [More]

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