Born in 1924 in Simla, Ram Kumar was among India’s leading modernists. He studied Economics at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, in 1946. Following this, he went to Paris to study painting under Andre Lhote and Fernard Leger in 1949-1952.
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Estimate: €20,000 – €25,000 Description: A painting by Ram Kumar (born 1924), titled “Labyrinth of a Town”, oil on canvas, signed Kumar Ram and dated 1964. Gallery label on the back. Framed. Ram Kumar, born in Shimla, belonged to the PAG (Progressive Artists´ Group, also known as the Bombay Progressives), which was founded in 1947 by Francis Newton Souza and M.F. Hussain, among others.
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Ram Kumar’s paintings are like long poems, easy to read but not easy enough to decipher the coded message with casual viewing. He is easily inspired by the layers of accumulated memories, generated and carefully stored in his mental data-bank, about his long association with the holy city of Varanasi spent often in company with friend Husain.
Ram Kumar is said to be one of the first Indian artists to give up figurativism for abstract art. Associated with the Progressive Artists Group along with M.F. Hussain, S. H. Raza and other notable Indian modernists, Ram Kumar is considered one of India’s foremost abstract painters.
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Ram Kumar: The Abstractionist. If a conceptual technique could masquerade as an artist’s language, then abstraction was the chosen form of narrative for Ram Kumar.