(Ravi Varma Press)
Print on paper
20 x 14" / 51 x 36 cms
early 20th c.
Condition report: Owing to its historic nature, the work is in fragile condition but shows little damage thus far. We recommend pasting this work on an archival board to prolong its life and prevent damage. Contact us for a costing for the same.
(The work will be shipped without a frame, packed flat in board)
Bal Krishna 1 is executed in the masterly style of Ravi Varma Press, but in this case designed to cater to the South Indian audience (published under license from Ravi Varma Press by R. Ethirajah and Sons, Glass Merchants, Chennai). In addition we also find the artist's name inscribed on the image: C.G. Ramanujam; highlighting how printing processes involved several stakeholders, which often portrayed their regional affiliations.
The scene: Krishna is seated on a throne in his palace, flanked by Yashodha and Nanda to the left, and an attendant to the right. The figure of Krishna with its very South-Indian jewellery is inspired by the robustness of the Tanjore style; while the other figures are typical of the Ravi Varma coalescence of Indian subjects depicted in the realistic European oil painting style. Krishna conforms to the classical image of Bal Gopal: holding a pot of butter in one hand, and a ball of butter in his other hand.
This particular image has a subdued wash-like quality with an amber coloured overcoat (which can be ascribed to the particular impression of the print) that covers the image and subdues the otherwise contrasted colour palette of the work.
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This artwork can be paired with Venugopala and Rukmini Kalyanam to create a set of the various stages in the life of Krishna, executed by the same artist, in a similar style.
It can also be paired with Bal Krishna 2 and Bal Krishna 3, versions of the theme of Bal Krishna in different styles.
The other works are listed separately on the website, and the price listed here is for a single artwork only.