Raja Ravi Varma

Untitled (oil-extractor)

Lot No
Oil on gesso board
1890 - 1900
13.2 x 19 in.
Rs. 60,00,000 - 80,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 66,79,200

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed : Bottom Right

This lot is a National Art Treasure - Non Exportable Item
(payment only in Indian Rupees)

This lot is a registered antique with the Government of India, under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act -1972, under Antiquities and Art Treasures Rule 1973, under section 16 of the above act. (Certificate Registration No. DHL-I/6910) with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Exhibited & Published: Datta, Ella, Changing Images: An Exhibition of 20th Century Indian Art (New Delhi: DAG, 2001), p. 18.

Singh Kishore, ed., Indian Landscapes: The Changing Horizon (New Delhi: DAG, 2012), p. 468

Provenance : Jessie Hari Lal (A.D. Hari Lal) Chitraniketan Art Gallery Ayurvedic College Juvtar Trivandrum, 2001

about artist

Varma was born on 29 April 1848 in Attingal, Travancore, (now Tamil Nadu). Varma painted portraits that featured royalty, women, gods and goddesses, themes that appealed to the elite and later attracted the masses. His famous oleographs of mythological scenes from epic Indian mythology especially the Ramayana and Mahabharata. His works portray sari clad Indian women in graceful spiritual manner which became an important motif for the time. He skilfully bought together Indian traditions along with European academics in art. He was influenced from his many travels around the Gujarat State. Varma is one of our master painters, a national treasure as well as an influence to many artists over the years.

Varma lived and passed away on 5th October in 1906.