Slice of life in art mode
RAJ REVISITED: Sample of Company art. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan
The exhibition of originals and reproductions of Thanjavur Art, Ravi Varma oleographs and company art pieces which concluded in the city recently was unique in more ways than one.
On view were Ravi Varma original prints from his famous Lonavla printing press, with rare themes such as lyrical depictions of Shakuntala, a unique `Vishwaroopadarshan' and a few `Vithoba Rukminis,' which reflected the best of the painter's vision. The reproduced Thanjavurs too had unusual themes such as a beautifully executed 4 ft by 3 ft Muruga with an outstandingly sculpted gesso peacock and a standing Kothanda Raman. And presenting a pageant of history were vivid reproductions in the Thanjavur art style of company art miniature paintings depicting a `Siva Procession' and `Nautch Girls'.
Blown up in large (4 ft by 5 ft) frames with exquisite detailing of facial expressions, the raiments and jewellery worn by the people and the company art reproductions brought a slice of 18th and 19th Century India alive.
The reproductions were commissioned by art promoter Charumathi Ramachandran and executed by a group of talented artists and artisans.
For enquiries about the Thanjavur paintings, oleographs and company art paintings call 24461100.
Send this article to Friends by
Chennai and Tamil Nadu