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Ramgopal Vijayvargiya



Exhibitions  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi Honours and Awards 1934 | Maharaja Patiala * 1958 | Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi * 1984 | Padmasri * 1998 | 'Sahitya Vachaspati' from Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Prayag. Born at Baler, Rajasthan in 1905, Vijayvargiya developed a keen interest in painting at a very early age. The first person to initiate him into the world of brushes and colors was a wandering ascetic, from whom he learnt the basic principles of drawing. Having found out about his son`s passion for painting, Vijayvargiya `s father managed to get him admitted at the Maharaja School of Arts and Crafts. There, Ramgopal was under the guidance of famous Bengal revivalist Shailendranath De. At 17 Ramgopal held his first solo show at the Fine Arts and Crafts Society in Kolkata. A year later, Ramgopal showed such promise that he was given direct entry into the final year of his five-year course at the college and graduated within eight months. Since in feudal Rajasthan at the time, a painter`s lot wasn`t something to be very proud of, Ramgopal took up a drawing teacher`s job, but he couldn`t manage that for more than a year. At this time, he continued to paint five or six canvases daily, and having piled up several pieces, he started dispatching them for publication in newspapers and magazines. By the time Ramgopal was 30, he had become an established name in the art world, and nearly one thousand of his paintings had already been sold. Many of these works were inspired by Kalidasa`s plays including `Meghdoot` (the cloud-messenger) and later also by Omar Khayyam`s `Rubaiyyat` and Behari`s `Satsai`. Vijayvargiya `s paintings on the epic Ramayana and the poetic works of Kalidas were also published in an album printed in Allahabad. These works were later displayed in the exhibitions of his paintings held at Kolkata and Mumbai. Vijayvargiya `s contacts with a number of literary luminaries helped him to grow as an author and poet as well as a painter. So far, Vijayvargiya has published three anthologies of poems, one collection of short stories and six books on art. Vijayvargiya also gave much of his time in later years researching traditional Rajasthani painting styles. It was he who first made a painstaking study of them and classified them into different schools. This work influenced his second phase of paintings - vignettes of Rajasthan. They were vivid linear studies of rural simple people at work and play, at fairs and festivals. In these works he included many features of the traditional Rajasthani Schools, like Jaipur`s clear-cut features and Kishengarh`s triangular profiles.

Ramgopal Vijayvargiya

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    • Passed away in the year 2003
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Artist Statement

Born at Baler, Rajasthan in 1905, Vijayvargiya developed a keen interest in painting at a very early age. The first person to initiate him into the world of brushes and colors was a wandering ascetic, from whom he learnt the basic principles of drawing. Having found out about his son`s passion for painting, Vijayvargiya `s father managed to get him admitted at the Maharaja School of Arts and Crafts. There, Ramgopal was under the guidance of famous Bengal revivalist Shailendranath De. At 17 Ramgo
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Artist Biography

Exhibitions  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi Honours and Awards 1934 | Maharaja Patiala * 1958 | Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi * 1984 | Padmasri * 1998 | 'Sahitya Vachaspati' from Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Prayag.
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