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Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) defined popular Indian imagery in his painting. His prints, once in homes across India, are now a rare find. Amongst this collection ARTISANS’ presents a group of iconic chromolithographs from the Ravi Varma Press immaculately preserved under one roof in a Chettinad mansion.
Raja Ravi Varma’s ubiquitous chromolithographs have influenced the visual imagery of our faith and worship in India. Images became tangible and accessible as deities and mythic heroes were made mortal.
Popular Indian art evolved as the result of the convergence of major 19th century cultural and technological transformations. The colonial art school influenced by European painting infused traditional Indian images with perspective, realism, and naturalism. The advent of photography added the narrative of the studio and proscenium theatre.
Originally painted in oils, the artists reproduced their work on stone slabs, each stone layering one colour onto another to make multi-colour prints. The process was painstakingly executed with 15-30 colour slabs synchronized to create dazzling prints.
An entire industry thrived on a new vernacular ‘bazaar’ aesthetic. The development of printing techniques that included engraving, oleography and lithography enabled mass reproduction and chromolithographs rolled off printing presses. Mythic and cultic Hindu figures were brought to life on calendars, billboards, posters, stickers, magazines, matchboxes, biscuit tins, on roadsides, on shop walls, in restaurants, facades of buildings, taxis, autos, trucks, and buses... finding their way into every Hindu home.