• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 542

    VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    VASUDEO S. GAITONDE (1924-2001)
    Untitled
    bearing label '7275 Chemould Show Rooms 271 Princess St., Bombay-2 12-F Park St., Calcutta-16' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    29¼ x 49¼ in. (74.3 x 125.1 cm.)


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    "A painting is simply a painting - a play of light and colour [...and...] has a seed which germinates in the next painting [...which...] is not limited to one canvas. I go on adding an element and that's how it evolves [...]. There is a kind of metamorphosis in every canvas and the metamorphosis never ends." (M. Menezes, 'The Meditative Brushstroke,' Art India, Mumbai, Volume III, Issue III, July - September 1998, p. 69)

    Characteristic of Gaitonde's meticulous technique, the artist has created a space of calm contemplation via refracting, translucent planes: eliminating many of the components traditionally associated with painting in order to focus on the essence of the work. This picture comprises monochromatic tones which ebb and flow across its horizontal surface, possibly reflecting the artist's interest in American Abstract Expressionism at the height of its development. This work displays the artist's characteristic paring down of painting to its most essential elements via a shimmering, uncluttered composition which inspires meditative consideration.
    Through the creation of texture, the use of thick lugubrious pigment, the artist has arrived at the most serene image of undulating water catching little, flickering lights on its surface.

    Provenance

    Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
    Christie's New York, 5 October 1999, lot 102
    Acquired from the above sale by the present owner


    Saleroom Notice

    The painting is signed in Hindi and dated '64 on the reverse.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTOR