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Oleography also known as chromolithography is a printing technique used to create high quality copies of original oil paintings, capturing all the colours, fine cracks and textures. The copies are called oleographs, each a masterpiece in itself, carefully hand finished to recreate the appearance of the original painting. The production of a single oleograph requires preparation of separate stones by hand for each colour, which are then printed in register over the other. Sometimes as many as 30 stones are used for a single print. The use of oil gives the print more quality. The printing can be on cloth, canvas or even paper. The main aim of developing this technique was to make art accessible to everyone.

Ravi Varma Press, Oleograph