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Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde

India (1924 -  2001 )
GAITONDE Vasudeo. S. Untitled

Saffronart India /Feb 24, 2016
7,900.58 - 10,534.10
1,041,277.99

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Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1953
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Lot number: 26
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V S Gaitonde Untitled Signed and dated in Devnagari (lower left) 1953 Watercolour and pastel on paper 14.25 x 14.5 in (36 x 37 cm) PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist Property from the Chowdhury Family Collection EXHIBITED: V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life , New York: The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, 24 October 2014 - 11 February 2015; Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, 3 October 2015 - 10 January 2016 PUBLISHED: Sandhini Poddar, V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life , New York: The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum , 2014, p. 51 (illustrated) Roshan Sahani and Narendra Dengle, Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Light, Mumbai: Bodhana Arts and Research Foundation, 2016 (forthcoming, illustrated)
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1953
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Lot Description VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001) Untitled signed and dated in Hindi (lower left) ink and watercolour on paper 10 x 10 in. (25.4 x 25.4 cm.) Executed in 1953 Provenance Originally acquired directly from the artist on the advice of Prafulla Dahanukar Private Collection Acquired from the above by the present owner Pre-Lot Text PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MUMBAI View Lot Notes >
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1960
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UNTITLED gaitonde vasudeo. s. (1924-2001) Signed and dated in Devanagari on reverse Oil on canvas 59½ x 103 in. (152 x 262.5 cm) Painted in 1960 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Catalogue Note I. The Sky’’’’s the Limit The early 1960s invokes an optimistic time of achievement in technology and industry resulting in a period of rapid growth after the end of the Second World War. Before the geopolitical, cultural, and sexual revolution; the dismantling of colonial empires rocked the end of the previous decade. The launch of Sputnik in 1957 and the following rocket-age propelled the imagination towards an interconnected world as Air India with its first Boeing 707 jet began transatlantic services to far-flung destinations like New York in 1960. To commemorate this historic moment in its corporate history, Air India gave Vasudeo S. Gaitonde his largest commission. This present Untitled 1960 work is Gaitonde’’’’s largest (at approximately 5 x 9 feet) and most important painting on canvas. Air India ultimately did not take ownership of the work which instead lived with one of India’’’’s greatest artist-patron-collectors of the 20 th century, Bal Chhabda (1923 – 2013) and became the centerpiece of his vaunted collection. Watching birds flitting amidst clouds and mist, the viewer can interpolate their own views from the abstracted textures, shapes and brushstrokes that combine to create a minimalist aesthetic in this ethereal painting with varying hues and layers of blues playing with light. Are these birds in flight? Or is it a stylized fin of a jet streaking across the sky with the sun and moon in the distance? We see and meditate on what we want to see within his works as Gaitonde himself did not leave behind any clues, preferring instead the silent purity of experience that epitomizes his non-objective theories on art. “This impressive work, the largest of its kind on canvas, displays Gaitonde’’’’s masterful handling of both dramatic impasto and thin veils of atmospheric color. A powdery blue circle, which hovers against the negative space of the canvas and serves as a counterpoint to the cluster of geometries on the left, dominates the composition. Later in the mid-1960s, Gaitonde would return to this technique of suspending and balancing forms in some of his monochromatic studies on Zen calligraphy and abstraction.” (S. Poddar, V. S. Gaitonde, Painting as Process, Painting as Life, Guggenheim, New York, 2014, p. 25) “On one of his research trips to Delhi in February, [Director of The Painting as Meditation, Sunil] Kaldate also invited the painter Nitin Dadrawala to join him. Dadrawala had been mesmerized by Gaitonde’’’’s work ever since he had set eyes on a greyish-blue painting by him at Chhabda’’’’s home in 1992, and needed no second invitation.… For Dadrawala, that encounter with Gaitonde’’’’s work changed his entire manner of thinking and painting. “What I got from him is silence. When you stand in front of his canvas, you are silent, you forget everything.” (J. Thacker, ed., and M. Menezes, Reticent Recluse, Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Solitude, Bodhana Arts and Research Foundation and The Raza Foundation, to be published 2016) II. Gaitonde’’’’s Breakthrough Untitled, 1960 is both a departure and a major turning point in Gaitonde's stylistic evolution marking a historic moment in the artist’’’’s career as it illustrates his transition between the figurative and geometric explorations of the 1940s-50s, towards the later experimentation with pure abstraction from 1960s-70s and onwards. His early 1940s-50s works were marked by the use of bold color highly reminiscent of Basholi painting but also influenced by artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. In a 1985 interview, Gaitonde explains: "Early on, I did both figurative and non-figurative paintings; I was initially influenced by Indian miniature …[then] I started eliminating the figures and just saw the proportions of colors….” The artist continues, “I experimented with this because sometimes figures can bind you, restrict your movements. I just took patterns instead. I think that step really marked the beginning of my interest and preoccupation in [non-objective] painting." (Gaitonde in interview with M. Lahiri, Patriot, September 27, 1985) In 1957, the seeds of Gaitonde’’’’s preoccupation with non-objectivism became readily apparent at the Young Asian Artists’’’’ Exhibition in Tokyo, where he displayed The Bird and an Egg. At this time, Gaitonde began to experiment with a paint roller and palette knife. His practice involved the application of multiple translucent layers of paint to the surface of his canvases, followed by the removal and then re-application of pigment. This laborious process resulted in the achievement of radiant luminosity through varying depths of light and color, creating subtle textural structures and forms that emerged along perceived horizons. Starting in the early 1960s, the zeitgeist of Abstract Expressionism—which had earlier ignited Europe and then exploded in New York—dramatically altered the course of Indian modern art. Landscape painting and figuration, which were hallmarks of Progressive-era painting in India, shifted radically by the 1960s. This is apparent during this period not only for Gaitonde, but also for Progressive-era artists such as Sayed Haider Raza and Ram Kumar in their transitions into abstraction and Maqbool Fida Husain and Krishen Khanna for their experimentation in the genre. As for Gaitonde, he began to receive wider recognition with his works showcased at the 1962 Venice Biennale and entering prominent Western collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was patronized by the Graham Gallery and collected by the Gund and Rockefeller families and their friends. The latter bestowed upon him a Fellowship for a one –year stay in New York in 1964. III. The Artist-Collector-Patron: Bal Chhabda During the late 1950s, Gaitonde was painting in a small studio at the Bhulabhai Desai Memorial Institute in Bombay, alongside such luminaries as Ravi Shankar, Husain, Tyeb Mehta and Nasreen Mohamedi, whom he mentored. The Institute served as a meeting ground for artists and provided rooms that could be used as studios. Here Gaitonde met and befriended Chhabda to a level of intimacy that when Chhabda married his wife Jeet, Gaitonde served as his witness. Chhabda was from a wealthy family whose money was made in film production and distribution. He opened Bombay’’’’s first private art gallery, Gallery 59, in 1959 featuring the works of his friends MF Husain, Sayed Haider Raza, Akbar Padamsee and Krishen Khanna. He organised Gaitonde’’’’s solo at the Jehangir Art Gallery in 1961-62. Frequently he would buy the works of his friends to keep them financially supported. In turn, he acquired many of their most significant works. For instance, Raza’’’’s oft published 1983 opus, Maa, was at one time in the Chhabda collection as was many other Progressive Art Group masterpieces which passed through his hands. After the Air India purchase fell through, Bal Chhabda noted that “Gaitonde had spent 150 rupees to buy a Japanese canvas especially for the assignment. Alas, the work did not gain the buyer’’’’s approval and this put Gaitonde in a quandary. To help him out, Chhabda offered to buy it off from him for 200 rupees!” (J. Thacker (ed.) and M. Menezes, Reticent Recluse, Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Solitude, to be published 2016) However, unlike other works that Chhabda bought and sold through the years, Untitled, 1960, maintained a special place in his heart and home, which became renowned in Bombay as a salon and gathering spot for members of India’’’’s artistic community.
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1971
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Lot number: 39
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V S Gaitonde Untitled Signed and dated 'V.S. GAITONDE 71'; signed again in Devnagari (on the reverse) 1971 Oil on canvas 60 x 40 in (152.1 x 101.6 cm) PROVENANCE: Christie's, New York, 23 March 2010, lot 59 Saffornart, 19-20 June 2012, lot 38 An Important Asian Private Collection
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1959
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Lot number: 24
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VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001) Untitled signed and dated in Hindi (lower right); further inscribed 'Drawing 12' (on the reverse) signed and dated in Hindi (lower right); further inscribed 'Drawing 13' (on the reverse) ink on paper 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm.) each Executed in 1959; Two works on paper (2) Provenance Formerly in the collection of Bal Chhabda Thence by descent Acquired from the above by the present owner
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