The Divine Deities (2013)
The popular images of goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati that most of us have grown up with were created by Raja Ravi Verma (1848-1906). What he also did was take art beyond the boundaries of palaces in the early 19th century to the drawing rooms and puja rooms of homes through his oleographs.
An oleograph is a print made with oil paint, and is made to look like an oil painting. Verma popularized this technique through his printing press in Mumbai (then Bombay), which he set up in 1892 to produce high-quality prints of his paintings. In the early 20th century, some oleographs made their way to Burma, where they were further embellished with embroidery and zardosi. The pieces with the zari work are the real collectables, and in the past five years their value has really spiraled. Each piece is unique.
Ojas Art presents a rare opportunity for connoisseurs and collectors to see a rare collection of these zari work oleographs in an upcoming exhibition accompanied with a publication. The pieces originate from the Ramchander Nath Foundation Collection and the show is curated by Anubhav Nath, who has been studying and collecting the same for many years.