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Ram Kumar

Two Friends

Property from the Collection of George Butcher

Ram Kumar

Ram Kumar

Two Friends

Two Friends

Property from the Collection of George Butcher

Ram Kumar

1924 - 2018

Two Friends 


Oil on canvas

Signed and dated 'Ram KUMAR / 58' lower right 

26 ½ x 20 ⅛ in. (67.3 x 51.1 cm.)

Framed: 27 ¼ x 20 ⅞ in. (69.2 x 53 cm.)

Painted in 1958

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Acquired directly from the artist

Thence by descent 


George Butcher was a prominent British art critic for The Guardian and a stalwart supporter of the burgeoning Indian and South Asian modern art scene. He spent more than two years in India and befriended many artists, gallerists and art critics. Using his knowledge and contacts, he curated several shows on South Asian art featuring artists such as Ram Kumar, Francis Newton Souza and Anwar Jalal Shemza. Butcher was one of the first writers to assert the remarkable contribution of South Asian artists to a global form of modernism and he has left an indelible mark on the history and canon of modern Indian and South Asian art.

G. Gill, Ram Kumar: A Journey Within, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1996, illustration p. 55