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Paintings of Raja RaviVarma
Raja Ravi Varma: The prince among painters and a painter among princes
Kerala's rich tradition of painting is rooted in
its rituals like Kalamezhuthu (pictorial drawings on the floor)
and the magnificent frescoes and mural art found in the old temples
and churches here. Before the advent of paper and ink, palmyra leaf
and vegetable dyes were used here. In modern times Kerala has attained
international repute through the works of Raja Ravi Varma.
Raja Ravi varma
Prince Ravi Varma(1848-1906)of Kilimanoor Palace
of Travancore perfected his skills even at a very early age. He
learnt oil painting from Theodor Johnson, an English painter who
was then staying at the palace.
Ravi Varma's paintings capture the subtle emotions
and sublimity of physique of human characters and nature alike in
a realistic manner.
The exquisite works of Ravi Varma are on display
at the Sree Chithra Art Gallery. The gallery is located in the Napier
Museum compound, Thiruvananthapuram city. It is open from 9:00 am
to 5:00 pm on all days except Mondays. The gallery also houses the
works of Roerich and fascinating works in the Mughal, Rajput and
Tanjore schools of art, pieces from the Ajanta and Bagh caves, and
an oriental collection from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.
Today, there are two major institutions in Kerala
where painting is taught as a subject - The College of Fine Arts,
Thiruvananthapuram and Govt.Ravi Varma Collegel of Fine Arts, Mavelikkara,
Alappuzha district. The Ravi Varma school of fine arts was established
by his son Rama Varma.