As a young artist Ram Kumar was captivated by, or rather obsessed with, the human face because of the ease and intensity with which it registers the drama of life. The sad desprate, lonely hopeless or lost faces which fill the canvases of his early period render with pathos his view of the human condition.
Mr. Kumar returned to india soon after independence and his works from the decade of his return are heavy with Modernist influences. He was impacted by the Gustave Courbet, Georges Rouault, Edward Hopper and Kathe ollwitz and his works reverberate with a sense of depression and loss. The work from 1958 belongs to Ram Kumar's early figurative phase, it was painted while the artist was living in France at around the same time as his contemporaries S.H.Raza and Akbar Padamsee. Ram Kumar was witness to strong feelings of disillusionment and alienation in those around him. The figures in his works from this period reflect these concerns that statement largely from trials of urban living in a "city environment circumscribed by the constrictions of urban society and motiveted by conflict which ensues from dense population, unemployment , artificial relationships."