Lot#15 || Vasudeo S Gaitonde (1924 - 2001)
Signed and dated lower right
75.00 x 60.00 in
₹ 40,00,000 -
Originally acquired from an esteemed private Bangalore based collection
V.S. Gaitonde grew up in Nagpur, Maharashtra and studied at the J. J. School of Art. In 1947, he was invited to join the Progressive Artists’ Group and went on to become one of its original members. He worked with various mediums and used a roller and palette knives to create his own layered texture that later became his signature style. Although Gaitonde was considered to be an abstract painter, he considered his work to be non-objective. His later paintings are different from those he used to paint in the 1940s and 1950s, because of a car crash he was in. Post the car crash in the 1980s, his health made him change his style as he was unable to paint large canvases; as a result, he experimented with small works on paper.
“Abhishek Poddar: Gaitonde was a bit of a recluse. We weren’t great friends but shared a cordial relationship … while we were working on a project of carpets and tapestries designed by artists, that I went to see him. As compared to the other masters, his paintings would be difficult to reproduce; however, his drawings would look fabulous if reworked as weaves of the carpet. He was quite happy with the idea and shared three drawings. ” (Abhishek Poddar on his art collection, 17 DEC, 2016, The Wall, Jyotsna Sharma)
His Tapestries were exhibited at Vadehra Art Gallery from March 15 - April 4, 1995. “Script like design suggesting abstraction in the tapestries of Gaitonde has come out well in black and white loom” (24 Mar 1995 Evening News, Indian Press Clearing). As per confirmation from Vadehra Art Gallery this work was a part of the collection and in the above mentioned exhibition.
Vadehra Art Gallery,1995