Ram Kumar an Indian in Paris
Together with Padamsee, Raza and Hussain, Ram Kumar is one of the pioneers of modern Indian painting. A historical figure, he mixed with the Montmartre painters between 1950 and 1955, particularly André Lhote and Fernand Léger, with whom he studied. Unlike his compatriot Raza, who remained in the French capital, Ram Kumar returned to New Delhi, where he published several series of short stories. This 1955 painting, "Mother and Son", bears witness to the influence of these masters, particularly evident here in the simplification of forms and volumes. At that period the artist was already developing an interest in the face as a genuine mirror of the human condition. The dark palette uniting the subjects also fosters the expression of a certain form of grief. While infrequently-represented in the French market, Ram Kumar's work has considerable international standing. So, the sale on 1st December at Saint Raphael (Var Enchères auction house) of this painting and another work by the artist, "Couple", should cause quite a stir…Both estimated at €40,000/60,000, they carry the label of the famous KunikzChemould Gallery in New Delhi.
GAZETTE DROUOT INTERNATIONAL I N° 19