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Ravi Varma Press

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Raja Ravi Varma (1848 –1906) is largely regarded as India’s first modern artist. Technically proficient in the contemporary medium of western academic realism and portraiture, he used this style to interpret ideas from Indian mythology; a pioneering contribution to Indian art world at that time. One of his crucial contributions was to make affordable oleographs of his paintings, which democratised the realm of art. 

A hundred years later, his oleographs still continue to markers of Indian beauty, and present a rich matrix of subjects, and stylistic approaches to the art enthusiast.