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    Sale 2270

    South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1012

    Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001)


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    Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001)
    signed and dated in Hindi and inscribed and dated in English 'GAITONDE, 65' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    48 1/8 x 72 in. (122.2 x 182.9 cm.)
    Painted in 1965

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    Every painting has a seed which germinates in the next painting (...) that's how it evolves. There is a kind of metamorphosis in every canvas and the metamorphosis never ends.
    V. S. Gaitonde (Artist Statement, M. Menezes, 'The Meditative Brushstroke', Art India, Mumbai, vol. 3, issue 3, July-September 1998, p.69)

    Having already participated in group exhibitions in New York at Graham Gallery (1959) and Gallery 63 (1963), in 1964 Gaitonde was awarded the J.D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship to work in America. This work comprises monochromatic tones which ebb and flow across its horizontal surface, reflecting the artist's interest in American Abstract Expressionism at the height of its development. Concerned with the eradication of layers of expectation, Gaitonde preferred a slow and meticulous painting process in service of pure contemplation. Within this painting there exists a faint horizon line indicated at the centre of the canvas from which a dark impasto web emerges and against which a glowing moon-like form rests. Untitled depicts the artist's characteristic paring down of painting to its most essential elements via a translucent, uncluttered composition which inspires meditative consideration.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private Collection, Philadelphia