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Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s
This is a vintage 1930s print of Mohini On A Swing, the subject of Raja Ravi Varma’s oil painting. The print is from the Malavli-Lonavla press. Raja Ravi Varma needs no introduction he was undoubtedly India’s greatest artist. Born in Kilimanoor in the Princely Kingdom of Travancore (now in Kerala) in 1848. He died in 1906 at the Kilimanoor Palace of high diabetes.
Mohini is the female form of Vishnu and the subject of many mythological stories. Being a giftedly prolific painter there was another beautiful painting by Raja Ravi Varma titled Mohini Playing With A Ball. His Birth of Shakuntala oleograph was the first to be produced. In his newly established Raja Ravi Varma Fine Arts Lithograph Press(FAL Press) in 1894.
Did you know- he made had portraits of many Indian aristocrats and British officials to his credit. His popularity grew to such an extent that he was forced to open a post office as letters and requests for paintings came flooding in for him from various corners of the country.
From the collection- Royal Indian Army Service Corps – Old Photo., The Tatschali Line In Bombay – Old Advertising Postcard 1899., Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station – Vintage Postcard 1905., Elephants Of The Rajah Of Travancore – Old Print 1858., Escaped Indian Prisoners WWII – Old Photo 1945