Christie's /Mar 20, 2013
€268,528.46 - €383,612.09
Artworks in Arcadja88
Some works of Vasudeo. S. GaitondeExtracted between 88 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Auction: Christie's -Sep 17, 2013 - New YorkLot number: 126
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Lot Description VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001) Untitled signed and dated in Hindi; further signed and dated 'GAITONDE 1960' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 30½ x 38 1/8 in. (77.5 x 96.8 cm.) Painted in 1960 Provenance Formerly in the collection of Mr. T. Borden, an American merchant marine from New York who was first introduced to Gaitonde through Kumar Gallery, Calcutta and acquired a small group of the artist's works from late 1950s - early 1960s Gifted by the above to a private American collection, circa 1970 Later gifted to the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York by the above Pre-Lot Text PROPERTY OF ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY, CANTON, NEW YORK View Lot Notes > It is often mentioned that Vasudeo S. Gaitonde's fascinations with abstraction and color were germinated by his exposure to Western Modernists such as Paul Klee. However Gaitonde's enduring legacy of abstraction began as early as 1943 when he enrolled at the Sir J. J. School of Art. It was there that Gaitonde mastered the sophisticated relationship between line, light and color which began with the tradition of Indian miniature painting. "Early on, I did both figurative and non-figurative paintings; I was initially influenced by Indian miniatures [...]. I started eliminating the figures and just saw the proportions of colours. 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 pre-occupation in this area of painting." (V. S. Gaitonde in an interview with M. Lahiri, Patriot, 27 September 1985) This commitment continued to evolve and so by the time of the Young Asian Artists exhibition and competition in Tokyo, 1957, Gaitonde had completely broken away from representational art and began focusing on the interplay of color, light and space. Anticipating Gaitonde's minimalist abstract landscapes from later in his career, the bold expanses of color in this painting are unified similar to the reflection of light in nature. "They also perform a stylistic function by organizing the formal tensions in the available space and by quietly dramatizing the interplay of light, texture and space." (D. Nadkarni, Gaitonde, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1983, unpaginated) The gestural hieroglyphs, anchor a horizon against expansive orange pools of color and evoke a sense of space and depth. During the late 1950s, Gaitonde had a studio at the Bhulabhai Desai Road among other painters, thespians, musicians and dancers. He thrived in this interdisciplinary environment and was very fond of Indian classical music and dance. In this exemplar of modernity, the colorful abstracted forms build and move in harmony conveying moods and thoughts similar to the beats in music and the steps of a dance sequence. They seem to surface and settle on the picture plane as if a musical score before and submerging out of our consciousness.
Auction: Christie's -Jun 11, 2013 - LondonLot number: 1
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VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001) Untitled signed in Hindi (lower right) each lithograph on paper 17 1/8 x 13 in. (43.7 x 33 cm.); 18 x 13 in. (45.7 x 33 cm.) Two lithographs 2 (2) Aquired from Atelier 2221, New Delhi The Printed Picture - Four Centuries of Indian Print Making, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi, 2012, pp. 181-182 New Delhi, Delhi Art Gallery, The Printed Picture - Four Centuries of Indian Print Making, October 2012
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Lot 165 Vasudeo S. Gaitonde Indian, 1924-2001 Untitled , 1958 Signed in Sanskrit on the reverse; signed V.S. Gaitonde , dated 1958 on the stretcher Oil on canvas 54 x 36 inches (137.2 x 91.4 cm) Provenance Sotheby's PB Eighty-Four, Good Decorative Works of Art, Furniture Rugs and Paintings (Sale 754) , Apr. 23-24, 1980, lot 1278 C Estimate $80,000-120,000 Stains from water damage down center of the canvas on the reverse. A 1/2 inch puncture at center. Minor cracquelure scattered throughout with a concentration of cracks at upper right. Paint loss in five areas at center to right of top edge. All approximately 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, one area of paint loss at bottom center edge, approximately 1/2 inch diameter. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Doyle New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
Auction: Christie's -Mar 20, 2013 - New YorkLot number: 31
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VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001) Untitled signed and dated 'V.S. GAITONDE 1986'; further signed in Hindi and dated '86' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 39 3/8 x 29 7/8 in. (100 x 76 cm.) Painted in 1986 Pundole Gallery, Mumbai Ursula Bickelmann-Aldinger is an art historian and pioneer in the history of Indian contemporary art. Her publication Artists Today: East-West Visual Encounter published by Marg in 1987 in collaboration with the poet Nissim Ezekiel is a seminal work for the field. Further publications include studies on 20th century Indian art (2000), as well as studies of leading Western modernists such as Constantin Brancusi and Wolfgang Laib and their relationship to India, all published by Indo-Asiatische Zeitschrift. This work by Gaitonde was acquired during her stay in India from 1985-89. PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF URSULA BICKELMANN "Gaitonde has stood like a rock in the sea of fashion. His achievement is as real as it is historical." (D. Nadkarni, Gaitonde, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1983, unpaginated) Beginning his artistic career at the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1943, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde mastered the relationship between linear form, light and color in a deceptively simple, yet highly sophisticated manner. Best described by Richard Bartholomew in 1959 as "a quiet man and a painter of the quiet reaches of the imagination" (D. Nadkarni, Gaitonde, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1983, unpaginated), Gaitonde was uncomprimising in his belief that art, the process and the final product, is an expression of the inner self. In 1964 on a Rockefeller Fellowship in New York, exposure to the techniques and practices of Abstract Expressionist artists inspired Gaitonde to begin using a roller and a pallet knife. During the 1960s in New York, Gaitonde also experienced the rise of Conceptual Art, of which Sol LeWitt and Joseph Kosuth were proponents. This was a philosophy which, counter to Abstract Expressionism, championed the metaphysical concept in the artist's own mind as art. The physical art produced became the final manifestation of a realized innate idea from within the artist's consciousness. As Gaitonde describes, "A painting always exists within you, even before you actually start to paint. You just have to make yourself the perfect machine to express what is already there." (D. Nadkarni, Gaitonde, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1983, unpaginated) The painting offered here from 1986, both formally and stylistically is an amalgamation of the abstract, minimalist and conceptual influences on Gaitonde's psyche. The vivid palette radiates with a visceral heat and intensity. Quite different from his more melancholic and subdued paintings, the flame-hued composition blazes with light and energy, power and wisdom. Amidst veils of scarlet and golden yellow paint, forms emerge across the canvas creating a beautiful rhythm, like fragments of calligraphy and context. Through sensitive arrangement of color, Gaitonde articulates an astonishing range of emotions. He scrupulously manipulates and mixes different mediums on the canvas, coordinating spontaneous reactions with such precision that they seem to deny the notion of accidental elements. His multilayered paintings, filled with complexity are in essence an experimentation with the genre of painting itself. This painting straddles the duality between density and weightlessness and between form and formlessness producing tension between the translucent surface and almost primordial background. Less reductive than his earlier canvases, Gaitonde's paintings from the 1980s onward hover between abstraction and representation. Throughout his career, Gaitonde tested the limits of his aesthetic powers, each time coming up with provocative and unique solutions. Painting was the perfect exercise for his highly intuitive and intellectual mind. "I'm still learning about painting, because I believe that the process is constant. Painting is a struggle -- you have to enquire, you have to have a thinking mind." (M. Menezes, 'The Meditative Brushstroke', Art India, Vol III, Issue III, p. 69) Gaitonde's paintings are not simply material objects, they are sensory experiences that fully engage the viewer with their spellbinding power and magic.
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V S Gaitonde Untitled Vasudeo S. Gaitonde calls his work "non-objective" and believes that "there is no such thing as abstract art." His work is known for its spiritual quality and characteristic silence that is as meditative as it is eternal and momentous. Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra in 1924 and received his diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948. He was a part of the Progressive Artists Group. Considered one of the India's foremost... V S Gaitonde Untitled Lithograph on paper 11.5 x 8.5 in (each) 29 x 22 cm (each) Signed in Devnagari (lower right) Artist's proof