Ram Kumar

Untitled (Ed : 2/9)

Lot No
22 x 7 x 6 in.
RS. 6,00,000 - 8,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 11,11,252

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed : On The Base

Exhibited : 'Ram Kumar : Traversing the Landscapes of the Mind' at Saffronart, Mumbai, 14th - 26th March, 2017 (another).

‘Bronzed : From Paint to Patina’ group exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Indian Arts, Mumbai, 2019 (another).

Published : ‘Ram Kumar - Traversing the Landscapes of The Mind’ by Saffronart, 2016, pg. 271 (another).

‘Bronzed : From Paint to Patina’ by Institute of Contemporary Indian Arts & Aleph Book Company, 2019, pg. 42-43 (another).

Provenance : Property from a private collection based in New Delhi. Artwork was acquired by the present owner directly from the artist.

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