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Raja Ravi Varma Original Oleographs

Raja Ravi Varma Original Oleographs
Preserving the Legacy of Raja Ravi Varma's Rare Oleographs
Step into the realm of artistry with brilliant oleographs of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran, a legendary figure whose brilliance continues to captivate hearts even today.
Renowned as one of India’s finest painters, his legacy transcends mere aesthetics, resonating deeply within our cultural fabric. Driven by the visionary guidance of T. Madhava Rao, Ravi Varma embarked on a journey to immortalize his art through lithographic printing. His press breathed life into timeless scenes from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Puranas.

The term “oleo” originates from Latin, meaning oil. Oil-based inks were employed in oleography, resulting in prints of superior quality. The process relies on the principle of oil and water repulsion, with oil-based inks adhering to the appropriate areas of the printing surface.

Creating an oleograph was a meticulous and time-consuming endeavor, often requiring skilled artisans several months to complete a single print. 
Oleographs are created using a unique technique called chromolithography. This process is an evolution of lithography, a printing method that traditionally uses a stone.

In Oleography, multiple stones are utilized, each dedicated to a specific color. Layers of color are printed successively, with each stone applying a different hue. This method allowed for vibrant and intricate color reproduction, making oleographs particularly popular for commercial purposes during the late 19th century.

While the oleographs were once mass-produced, their rarity today adds an aura of exclusivity, with some fetching hefty sums among collectors. Yet, their true value lies in preserving a piece of history and heritage for generations to come.

In an age where original oleographs are increasingly rare, Cottage9.com stands as a beacon of preservation, committed to safeguarding these timeless treasures. Amidst the scarcity, we strive to provide customers with authentic, original oleographs, ensuring that the legacy of these masterpieces lives on. Discover the beauty of bygone eras with our meticulously curated collection, where every piece tells a story of artistry and heritage. Experience the magic of owning an original oleograph, lovingly preserved for generations to come, only at Cottage9.com.

Explore the exquisite fusion of European techniques and Indian ethos in Ravi Varma’s masterpieces. His depictions of Hindu deities and epic narratives have not only garnered widespread acclaim but have also become objects of reverence across the nation.

We proudly present a premium collection of genuine oleographs, meticulously printed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Each piece is a testament to Ravi Varma’s unparalleled artistry, priced not just by rarity, size, or condition, but by the sheer essence of its soulful portrayal.

Indulge in the allure of these timeless treasures and let the beauty of Ravi Varma’s creations transport you to a world where art transcends boundaries.