LANDSCAPE AS REPRESENTED IN RAJA RAVI VARMA'S PAINTINGS

Jayin K G

Abstract


Raja Ravi Varma is the pioneer who fruitfully implemented European oil painting technique in Indian art for the first time. He was born in Kilimanoor, Kerala in 1848. He had given a face of visual language to the age old Sanskrit literature of India in the European format. His works, which was based on academic naturalism, had Indian aesthetic idioms at its heart. Even though landscape as a genre was not a primary theme in Ravi Varma’s paintings, nature had an inevitable role as backgrounds for images. Paintings like Naladamayanthi, Nala Deserting Damayanthi and Udaypur Palace belongs to this category. 


Keywords


Landscape, picturesque, Academic Realism, Miniature Painting

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