RAJA RAVI VARMA

Kilimanoor Palace
Kilimanoor
Trivandrum
Kerala, India
THE MAHARASHTRIAN LADY
OIL ON CANVAS
  PAINTING

Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was born in Kilimanoor Palace as the son of Umamba Thampuratti and Neelakandan Bhattathiripad. At the age of seven years he started drawing on the palace walls using charcoal. His uncle Raja Raja Varma noticed the talent of the child and gave preliminary lessons on painting. At the age of 14, Ayilyam Thirunal Maharaja took him to Travancore Palace and he was taught water painting by the palace painter Rama Swamy Naidu. After 3 years Theodor Jenson, a British painter taught him oil painting. Most of his paintings are based on Hindu epic stories and characters

HONOURS

In 1873 he won the First Prize at the Madras Painting Exhibition.
He became a world famous Indian painter after winning in 1873 Vienna Exhibition