Ram Kumar

Autumn Landscape

Lot No
Oil on canvas
Circa 1960
30 x 40 in.
RS. 40,00,000 - 50,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 53,32,442

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Signed : Bottom Right

Exhibited : ‘India Art Fair’ at NSIC Grounds, New Delhi, 30th January - 2nd February, 2020.

Provenance : Property from a private collection based in New Delhi. Artwork was originally sold by Dhoomimal Art Centre.

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