Ram Kumar

Untitled

Lot No
98
Medium
Acrylic on paper
Year
2011
Size
22 x 30
Estimate
Rs. 6,00,000 - 8,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 6,51,934

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed & Dated : On the Reverse

Exhibited : Ram Kumar Solo Show, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, Mumbai, 2012

Provenance : From a private Mumbai base collection, property was acquired by the present owner from the above.

Artwork Size

Height of the figure - 6ft

about artist

Ram Kumar, like many of his confreres among the first generation of post-colonial Indian artists - including such figures as F N Souza, M F Husain, Paritosh Sen, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, S H Raza and Akbar Padamsee - combined an internationalist desire with the need to belong emphatically to their homeland. In its internationalist mood, this generation looked to the early 20th-century modernisms of Paris, London and Vienna for inspiration; its need to belong prompted an interest in the construction of a viable ‘Indian’ aesthetic that bore a dynamic relationship to an Indian identity. With Ram Kumar, this quest for an indigenist tenor has not meant a superficial inventory of ‘native’ motifs offered as evidence of a static and essentialist Indian identity. Instead, as I have already suggested, he demonstrates that a painter can enact the innermost dramas of his culture while maintaining the individuality, even idiosyncrasy of his performance. Excerpts from "Parts of a World: Reflections on the Art of Ram Kumar" by Ranjit Hoskote, 2002

Ram Kumar lives and works from Delhi