Friday, February 8, 2008
Raja Ravi Varma
I found this image of a painting by Raja Ravi Varma that I happened to find a hand-painted reproduction of in a little shop in Jaipur. Olivia and I were actually buying tea and incense in the shop next door when we stumbled upon her. I had just bought a Rizzoli edition of Varma's work and couldn't believe my stroke of luck finding a canvas to roll up carefully and bring home in my suitcase. It is now framed by my friends at Sausalito Framing and hanging on my wall looking like it was found in a museum. For me it is a reminder of how India blends the sensuality of its mythologies and the formalism brought to its shores by the British and the Portuguese.