Raja Ravi Varma’s ‘Damayanti’ fetches Rs 11.09 cr

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Mar 2017 09:03:44


Mar 17,


RAJA Ravi Varma’s Untitled portrait of Damayanti sold for a whopping Rs 11.09 (approx)crores at Sotheby’s New York Sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art here, fetching over double its upper estimate of Rs 4.58 (approx) crores.

One of only a handful of Raja Ravi Varma works to appear at international auctions, the painting exemplifies the artist’s exceptional skill at portraiture. Varma, who was declared a national treasure by Indian Government in 1979, drew inspiration from illustrations of old master paintings, photos of theatrical performances and other images from European magazines, and fused Western techniques with traditional Eastern sensibilities.

In the artwork, he uses the composition taken from a photograph of a European performance of ‘The Feast of Roses, L’inamorata’(1900) to re-imagine a scene from the Sanskrit play ‘Nala and Damayanti’.Portraying the heroine Damayanti in a glimmering sari, Varma combines the classic Indian mythology with European realism to create a painting of brilliant resonance.