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Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde

India (19242001 ) - Artworks
GAITONDE Vasudeo. S. Untitled

Bonhams /Sep 17, 2014
222,535.42 - 370,892.37
804,853.00

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Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Composition

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Composition

Original 1962
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Lot number: 28
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Lot Details Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (India, 1924-2001) Composition Ink on paper Signed गायतोंडे and dated 62 in Devanagari centre right 52.1 x 72.4 cm (20 1/2 x 28 1/2 in). Footnotes Provenance: Morris Graves 1963-68, acquired directly from the artist in Bombay Humboldt Arts Council, San Francisco, 24 October 1968 In 1963 Morris Graves visited India at the invitation of Indira Gandhi. He met her and her father, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, in New Delhi. It was a close personal friend and later biographer of Indira Ghandi, Pupul Jayakar, with whom Graves visited Gaitonde's studio on 20th February 1963. Such was the impact of his works that Graves sent an aerogram that same day to Dan and Mariam Johnson of the Willard Gallery, New York: ...The second thing is this, today Mrs. Jayakar took me to the studio of a Bombay painter named GAITONDE – age 32[*] & one of the finest painters I have ever seen. He is very little known. He's as fine – or superb – as Mark Rothko at his best. He paints in oil – average size 34" x 26" – 38" x 48" – 5ft. x 4 ft. a fine person and will be a world-known painter one of these days. You should be the ones to show him first. I told Mrs. Jayakar so. She agreed. Said she'd help. He is 100 per cent artist – a great & sincere (+ humble - + unconscious gift). I bought 1 superb oil & six super–superb ink drawings. He is an abstract painter with something unspeakably beautiful & clean added. They are the most beautiful landscapes of the mind plus light and composed with very great simplicity. You too will be very awed by him.... (*Gaitonde was actually 39 at the time) A copy of this letter is preserved in the Special Collections and Archives at University of Oregon Libraries. It was this communication which lead to a solo exhibition in the USA at the Willard Gallery, who also represented artists with similar East Asian philosophies such as Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. These six ink on paper drawings were acquired by Morris Graves alongside two oil on canvas paintings which were recently sold at Bonhams New York in September 2014 (Untitled 1961 for $1,068,000 and Untitled 1963 for $1,200,000).
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1998
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Lot number: 57
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VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001) Untitled signed and dated 'V.S. GAITONDE '98', twice signed in Hindi, and dated '98.' and '1998.' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 55 x 40 in. (139.7 x 101.6 cm.) Painted in 1998 PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR I work as an individual. I do not have a scientific point of view; it is mostly my total experience of life [and] nature that comes through me, it is manifested on canvas. For me every painting I do is a miracle... So I cannot really form a philosophy. It is my sincere belief in life, truth, God, whatever it is that prompts me to paint. VASUDEO S. GAITONDE
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1971
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Lot number: 408
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Lot Description VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001) Untitled signed and dated 'V.S. Gaitonde 71' and signed and dated in Hindi (on the reverse) oil on canvas 45 x 29 7/8 in. (114.3 x 75.9 cm.) Painted in 1971 Provenance Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai Acquired from the above Pre-Lot Text 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. - V.S. Gaitonde View Lot Notes >
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Untitled

Original 1961
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Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001) Untitled, 1961 Oil on canvas Signed and dated verso in Devanagari 40 x 49 in. (101.6 x 124.6 cm) Provenance: Akbar and Nikhil Padamsee 1961-63, acquired directly from the artist Morris Graves, acquired from Akbar Padamsee, June 1963 Morris Graves Collection, Humboldt Galleries, San Francisco, 24 October 1968, no. 6 George Gund III Collection, 1968-2013 Gaitonde's "Landscapes of the Mind" by Mamta Saran The two Gaitonde paintings in this catalogue, dated 1961 and 1963, were created at a dramatic turning point in the artist's career. Contemplating them, the word 'sublime' most naturally comes to mind. It is not surprising they were much prized by the major American artist Morris Graves, whose collection they were once a part of. Gaitonde's international reputation today is the result of his lifelong and uncompromising pursuit of excellence. His chosen path — fraught with difficulties — was his unwavering commitment to the idiom of abstraction. A journey he began in the early 1950s in India. His work of the 1950s was inspired by the European masters, but towards the end of the decade something happened that propelled him in a new and unexpected direction. In his later years he remarked, "In my life, the only thing I planned was joining art school. Everything else happened accidentally!" One such 'accident' was his finding a book on Zen Buddhism in a Mumbai bookstore in late 1959. It was providential, for the odds against him finding such a book in Mumbai at the time were high indeed. Zen was completely unknown in India. Even in the West, where some discussion among small groups of people had begun in the early '50s, it was generally considered alien, and barely comprehended. Zen came to Gaitonde at precisely the right moment in his life. To fully understand its message much is required — a deeply introspective mind, a keen intellect and, most important, humility and a spirit of non-attachment. These qualities were ingrained in the artist and he felt an instant affinity with this ancient Eastern tradition. The impact of Zen on Gaitonde's work was immediate, long-lasting, and cannot be overestimated. It provided him — and other artists who embraced it, like Graves — a fresh perspective on creativity and the creative act. It also radically altered every aspect of his practice as a painter. This was to be a watershed moment in his life, and these paintings are a record of that experience. His gaze was now turned towards the Orient and its aesthetics, and it is from here that he drew inspiration over the next four decades of his life. Born in 1924, Gaitonde was in his late 30s when he created these paintings. Clearly, we see here an artist in full possession of his powers, speaking for the first time in a voice uniquely his own. The vibrant colours, heavy impasto, and rigorous geometry of the late '50s now gave way to contemplative works of the highest quality. The compositions are of utmost simplicity and the palette is derived from nature. Veils of overlapping colour irradiate the canvas creating an illusion of endless space — and mystery hangs in the air. No sooner do the viewer's eyes alight on the canvas, he is drawn into it. The amorphous forms are suggestive, many viewers interpreting them as elements in a landscape or seascape. In fact, Gaitonde's work of the '60s has often been classified by critics as of the landscape genre. But the artist was not interested in representing nature. It takes a true artist like Morris Graves to perceive the heart of the matter. He rightly describes these works as "landscapes of the mind". That is to say, they are contemplations on the phenomena of nature — meaning 'nature' in the widest sense of the word. As regards the 'content' of these paintings, we must take our cue from Gaitonde, who said, "Never explain painting. A painting is a state of mind, and you cannot 'explain' a state of mind. You have to experience it." (New Delhi July 2014) Mamta Saran's forthcoming book on Gaitonde (2015) will feature both works being offered in the sale.
Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Painting No. 3

Vasudeo. S. Gaitonde - Painting No. 3

Original 1962
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Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001) PAINTING NO. 3 Inscribed, signed and dated 'PAINTING NO. 3. / GAITONDE / 62' and further signed and dated in Devanagari on reverse Oil on canvas 39 1/2 by 49 1/2 in. (99.5 by 126 cm.) Painted in 1962 Inscribed, signed and dated 'PAINTING NO. 3. / GAITONDE / 62' and further signed and dated in Devanagari on reverse
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