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Ram Kumar (b. 1924) Untitled Signed, dated and inscribed 'Ram Kumar 93 43 x 50' on reverse Oil on canvas 44¼ x 51 1/8 in. (112.4 x 129.8 cm.)

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The recent landscapes of Ram Kumar are not representations of specific sights, but rather a complex hybrid of memories merged with actual sights visited over the years. 'With all the transcendental lyricism of his recent landscapes, Ram Kumar has never been attracted to the unearthy or other-worldly, his feet have always been planted in the terra firma, the palpable reality of the world. His 'abstractions' are not flights into the 'unknown', but like shifting beams of light they move, passing through the entire space of the painting, from one segment of reality to another, uncovering the hidden relations, between the sky, the rock, the river. The sacred resides not in the objects depicted, but in the relations discovered.' (Ed. G. Gill, Ram Kumar: A Journey Within, New Delhi, 1996, p. 27.)


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