This lot offers an early-20th-century lithograph of the goddess Durga sitting on her vahana tiger, in its original frame. The print was rendered in the ubiquitous style of calendar art made popular by Raja Ravi Varma. After him, many artists set up a printing press, across the country to churn our prints and oleographs.
These popular religious oleographs were first printed by Raja Ravi Varma in 1894. 'By mass-producing oleographs, the Ravi Varma press challenged conventional ideas of not only the ownership of art but also the privilege of faith. Caste hierarchies that dictated who could access temples and worship gods and when could suddenly be upended. Blurring the distinctions between ‘high' and 'low' art, the ‘royal’ artist became a champion of making art accessible to all.' (Google Arts and Culture)
Private Collection, Chennai
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