Lot 148
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Vasudeo S. Gaitonde

8,000 - 12,000 USD
21,250 USD
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  • Vasudeo S. Gaitonde
  • Untitled
  • Signed in Devanagari and dated '87' lower right
  • Ink on paper


Acquired from Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London, 2006


London, Grosvenor Vadehra, Indian Art I/III: The Moderns Revisited, 12 October - 3 November 2006


Grosvenor Vadehra, Indian Art I/III: The Moderns Revisited, Vadehra Art Gallery, Gurgaon, 2006, illustration p. 55
M. Menezes, Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Solitude, Bodhana Arts and Research Foundation, Mumbai, 2016, illustration p. 17

Catalogue Note

Sacred abstractions have cropped up in various religions for many centuries. Going back to Neolithic times, geometric and non-representational elements have been discovered and more recently, symbolic renderings can be found in Hindu and Buddhist texts. Gaitonde beautifully appropriates these visuals into his own unique cryptograms. Also important to note is the medium in which he delivers these. Medieval calligraphy from Islam, ancient scroll painting from China and even ink painting from Japan are all influences that can be read into the bold black lines that Gaitonde has produced on the paper. 'One finds Gaitonde equally fluent in the tenets of European modernism, mid-twentieth-century abstraction, and Chinese and Japanese ink painting and calligraphy. Chinese landscape painting of the Song dynasty from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries is characterized by deep observation, dynamic brushwork, and disciplined form.' (S. Poddar, V.S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, 2014, p. 38)