Ram Kumar

Untitled (Benares)

Lot No
18
Medium
Oil on canvas
Year
1966
Size
47 x 51
Estimate
Rs. 60,00,000 - 80,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 75,90,000

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed & Dated : Bottom Right

Published : Ram Kumar Retrospective catalogue by Aicon Gallery, New York, 2010.

Exhibited : Ram Kumar Retrospective at Aicon Gallery, New York, 23rd November - 18th December, 2010.

Provenance : Property originally from the collection of the Chowdhry family, currently from an important Delhi based collector, artwork was acquired by the present owner from Saffronart.

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