Raja Ravi Varma was a renowned Indian painter and artist. He holds the title of The father of Indian Modern Art. He is regarded as one of the best artists in Indian art history. His works are outstanding examples of the marriage of European academic painting with a wholly Indian sensibility and iconography.
Ravi Varma used oil painting and lithographic methods to create a wind of change, focusing on the intricacies, the movement of light and shadows, and adding depth through perspective. Many of his works are owned by individual collectors or are part of royal collections kept in Indian palaces.
His exemplary paintings are precious in the market; some of his highly acclaimed artworks are Shakuntala, Nair Lady Adorning Her Hair, There Comes Papa, and the Galaxy of Musicians.
Paintings take on NFT avatars.
The non-fungible tokens or NFTs of two of Raja Ravi Varma’s most famous artworks will be auctioned from February 17 to 20. The auction will be held on the RtistiQ platform, a Singapore-based online art marketplace that also does NFT drops.
The paintings will be of ‘The Coquette’ and ‘Reclining Nair Lady,’ the artist’s first tokenized and launched online works.
The auction, which will be held in collaboration with Bengaluru’s Gallery G (stylized as ‘gallery g’) and the Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, aims to make Raja Ravi Varma’s art accessible to everyone — collectors, investors, and the general public. The organizers describe it as “owning a piece of India’s legacy.” This attribute of NFTs makes them likable by many.
The interested buyers have to follow simple steps. To be eligible for bidding, first register for the auction. Tap the link and click “Register” in the top right corner of the official RtistiQ website.
Details of the NFT platform:
The NFT works have been classified into national treasures and non-export antiques. The Masterpieces of Raja Ravi Verma will be launched as Single Digital Editions.
“The Coquette” and “Reclining Nair Lady” are two images from the same set.
- 5 Lithographic Prints from the Gods & Goddesses Series will be a part of the NFT collection.
- Raja Ravi Varma Documentary Video will also be sold as a non-fungible token.
To get early access to Raja Ravi Varma’s first and most exclusive NFT Drop, head to the painter’s NFT website.
The NFT collection comes with a lot of firsts:
– Raja Ravi Varma’s first and only digital NFT – First NFT in partnership with a foundation – First NFT in collaboration with a traditional gallery – First NFT of a national treasure
The national treasures of India cannot be taken out of the country, but with the launch of NFT, their digital imprints can be bought by interested foreign collectors.
Through technology, the platform wants to improve the art experience. “Having a traditional gallery and an artist’s foundation on the platform will demonstrate how technology can help the art market create trust and transparency,” says RistiQ COO and co-founder Vinita Angelo.
The Coquette and the Reclining Nair Lady are worth $2.5 million and $3 million. “These are limited-edition NFTs with the potential to be worth more than the originals due to their rarity, tradability, and accessibility.” “However, when the industry undergoes a paradigm transition, our focus has been to extend the aesthetic heritage of the great painter,” Vinita explains.