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Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001)

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  • Vasudeo S. Gaitonde
  • Untitled
  • Signed in Devanagari and inscribed '30" x 50" No 3 'Gaitonde'/ 62,/ INDIA' on reverse
  • Oil on canvas


The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, June 1998


National Gallery of Modern Art, Footprints of a Tryst, Mumbai, 1998, cat. 12

Catalogue Note

Gaitonde's works of the early 1960's explore the relationship between light and color.  Characteristic of his work from this time is the use of a palette knife to create lightly textured areas to the canvas. During this period the artist is experimenting with the process of painting itself. 'The creating of texture in an unconventional way, the use of thick lugubrious pigment, the evocation of light and finally, the subtle balancing of the image on the canvas as if it were undulating on water and gradually surfacing in the light, all these are attainments of a time when the individual canvases may not be too distinctive.'  (D Nadkarni, Gaitonde, Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi, 1983.) 

The artist states 'A painting is simply a painting - a play of light and color ...Every painting has a seed which germinates in the next painting.  A painting is not limited to one canvas.  I go on adding elements and that's how my work evolves...there is a kind of metamorphosis in every canvas and the metamorphosis never ends.' (Meera Menezes, The Meditative Brushstroke, Art India, vol. 3, issue 3, 1998, Mumbai, p. 69)