Lot 47
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Ram Kumar (b. 1924)

200,000 - 300,000 USD
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  • Ram Kumar
  • Falling Bird
  • Signed in Devanagari and dated '68' lower middle and signed and dated 'Ram Kumar/ 1968' on reverse
  • Oil on canvas
  • 70 by 50 in. (178 by 127 cm.)

Catalogue Note

'In the late 1960's Ram Kumar's paintings asssumed an abstractionist character with a particular reverence for nature. Whilst on a visit to his hometown in the foothills of the Himalayas, Kumar noticed these birds that would swoop down with the utmost precision, reminding him of a missile hitting the ground, almost like a dead free fall to get to the prey.  Using this imagery, Kumar did not simply replicate the visible but subjected this experience to a prismatic analysis and a conceptual reframing to create The Falling Bird. The work takes on a spatial quality, a sense of flight, movement and an arial perspective as the landscape becomes its own architecture.'  (Ram Kumar: A Journey Within, Vadehra Art Gallery, 1996)