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    Sale 11512

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    RAM KUMAR (B. 1924)


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    RAM KUMAR (B. 1924)
    signed and inscribed 'Ram Kumar / 36 x 70' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    38 1/8 x 70 in. (91.8 x 177.8 cm.)
    Painted circa 1970s

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    A new phase of Ram Kumar’s paintings began in the 1970s. As Geeta Kapur explains, “[…] These paintings are full of allusions to nature; nature as seen and felt in a tropical country. He paints with the colour of the sky and earth; the sandy grain of the pigment suggests a riverbed or a seashore. The shapes, perhaps a consequence of these initial allusions, can be read as props in a scenario: a broken shack, a bit of fence, a bush, a beam of wood. The shadow of a bird in flight, streaking across the golden plains. But these references should not be overstressed. It is the sensations in nature to which he is now most keenly attuned: the dazzlement of sunlight, the exhilaration of high breeze, the heat from a sun-scorched earth. […] He has come out into the open, rejoicing in the sensuousness of nature. Sand, sea, dust tracts and sky, the sites are now propitious; occasions for exuberant memories and swept with gusty winds.” (G. Kapur, Contemporary Indian Artists, Delhi, 1978, p. 85)


    Acquired from Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, circa 1975

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