Ram Kumar


Lot No
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in.
Rs. 18,00,000 - 22,00,000
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Opening Bid

₹ 30,61,300

additional information

Signed & Dated : Verso

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 from a private collection based in Mumbai.

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