PROPERTY OF A GERMAN COLLECTOR
Ink and wax on paper
28 ⅛ x 21 ⅞ in. (71.5 x 55.4 cm.)
Inscribed ‘Ram Kumar, New-Delhi / Scene of Ganges River in Varanasi (Benaras) / 1960 / Chinese ink, wax’ in German on reverse
The early 1960s saw Ram Kumar move away from the familiar, lonely figures that had inhabited his canvas for the last decade, to the crowded, sacred cityscape of the holy city of Benaras. Richard Bartholomew explains this transition, ‘What happens really is that the exorcised familiars, the protagonists that have been exiled or put to sleep, disappear from the city environment merely to lurk in the shadows of the city of the mind. The painter, and the dramatis personae have not been completely disenchanted; they collect to generate a particular mood of romanticism that touches abstraction on one side and surrealism on the other… In Banaras he brought the city in his mind in contact with the environment, went out with sketchbook in hand, noted the structure of the city as a relic and as an arena, with its wharfage and haven for the philosophy of death and passage, and with its traditions of exploiting the flesh and eulogising the refinements of man.’' (Richard Bartholomew, ‘Impressions of Varanasi: Wax and Ink Paintings by Ram Kumar’, Thought, May 7, 1960, reproduced in Richard Bartholomew, The Art Critic, New Delhi, 2012, p. 398)
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About The Artist:
RAM KUMAR (b. 1924)