Lot 216
  • 216

Ram Kumar (b. 1924)

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  • Ram Kumar
  • Untitled
  • Oil on canvas
  • 45 1/4 by 69 in. (115 by 175 cm.)

Catalogue Note

During the late 1950's Ram Kumar moved away from the figurative works that are characteristic of his early phase of oil painting, and by the mid 60's his landscapes had become completely devoid of figures.  The current untitled work from the 1970's is a large scale example of this new abstracted form. Bold diagonals and layered planes of muted colors are characteristic of this period, features that remain integral to the visual vocabulary that he still uses in his current work.

Ranjit Hoskote states of this period of his work 'stripped of sentiment and freed from the burden of description, the landscape evolved into a grand metaphor, a crucible of meteorological energies, a dynamic equilibrium poised among tectonic forces of imperious majesty.'  (Vadehra, 1996, p. 38.)