Hiiiiii all!!It’s Me ….Amrutaaaaaa!
You a trifle EXUBERANT today Amruta…
Goodness gracious Amruta… what are you doing???!
Haha Twinny ! That’s NOT me!
It is Navratri…..Raas Garbar time!
And yes am Ready to do a Tandav in front of all the beautiful images of deities all around !
Guess SOMEONE SOMETIME must have drawn them!
RAJA RAVI VARMA!
Father of MODERN INDIAN ART!
(1848 – 1906)
Given a KAISER -e-HIND citation.. here he is…
But Why Soooo many awards??
Simple Twinny.. !!
Close your eyes..
Try to picture Goddess LAXMI…
Well this was HIS version of the Goddess !
Now think of Goddess SARASWATI…
His paintings are everywhere ….
Reaching the humblest of homes.!
Simple Twinny !
He started a printing press (in 1894!)
The RAJA RAVI VARMA PRESS !
Then later in MALAVLI near Lonavala ..!
of Mythological stories …
were churned out from this very press …in huge numbers …on calendars ,posters !
Available CHEAPLY in bazaars!
No wonder his art is called
CALENDAR ART !
Raja Ravi Varma himself was closely related to the matriarchal ROYAL family of TRAVANCORE. ….so many of his paintings feature
aristocratic women in sublime finery and rich drapery …
Strong , beautiful , palpable women !
Full of grace and charm!
Here is the LADY with the LAMP……..
This art form also called
To make his paintings more affordable
He made LITHOGRAPHS/ OLEOGRAPHS!
GRAPH means to write
( In Greek of course)
Lithography Originated in Bavaria in 1796!
The painting to be copied is traced on a rough Stone…
Then using the property of immiscibility of oil and water.. an AUTHORISED COPY of the painting is made ..
Of course …In a series of steps…
The PRICE of the lithograph is way cheaper than the the original painting …Many painters like Picasso / Hussain
Certified their lithographs!
This way more persons could OWN ….if NOT the ORIGINAL painting ,the closest to it!
( 1864- 1901) , the extremely talented alcoholic dwarf artist
popularised POSTER art …
He depicted life in gay Paris .. the cafes / brothels/ moulain rouge/ the theatre/ the circus
Here are some of his paintings and posters …
And surely you know who that is Twinny!!
In fact …
Am READY to SIT for a portrait right away !
Summon the Artist !
Only a modern -day Raja Ravi Varma will do!
Will keep one for that bimbo Isabella too!
Come on …
Pass me that basket cover….!
Keep waiting!!! What do I care??!