Markandya : Ravi Varma Lithograph

Rs. 14,000
Markandya : Ravi Varma Lithograph : Lonavala : c. 1940

Raja Ravi Varma is an iconic Indian artist, who is best know for his unique oil paintings, mainly depicting scenes from epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. His work combined western realism with Hindu iconography, painting deities, Gods, and Goddess in the likeness of human-kind.

He was instrumental in making affordable lithographs of his paintings available to the public. His work increased the involvement of the common people with fine art and moulded their artistic tastes.

This is an original Ravi Varma lithograph from the press in Karla, Lonavala, Maharashtra. It was printed by Anant Shivaji Desai for sale in Moti Bazar, Mumbai. This press printed Ravi Varma’s artwork between 1906 and 1945.

This is a depiction of Lord Shiva coming to rescue his loyal devotee, Markandeya. Markandeya is told by a soothsayer that he will live until his 16th birthday. On that fateful day, he invokes Lord Shiva to protect him against Lord Yama, the god of death, who has come to take his life. This is a depiction of this moment.

Dimensions : 15" x 11"

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