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V S Gaitonde
(1924 - 2001)

Portrait of Bhanu Rajapadhya

Painted in 1952, this portrait offers a peek into the early stages of V S Gaitonde's career. The artist, who would later achieve fame as one of India's foremost abstractionists, was at this time a recent graduate of the J J School of Art, and a teacher at the same institute for a brief period in 1951. A figurative work painted with a dark, earthy palette, the composition is informed by a study of Indian artistic traditions.

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  Lot 14 of 78  

16 FEBRUARY 2017


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V S Gaitonde
Portrait of Bhanu Rajapadhya

Signed and dated in Devnagari (upper right); inscribed 'GAITONDE: "portrait of Bhanu Rajapadhya" / Bhanu later marries ATHIYA- SHE WON AN OSCAR FOR HER COSTUME DESIGNS IN "GANDHI" / THIS PAINTING WAS GIVEN TO ME BY GAITONDE IN 1952.' (on the hardboard on the reverse)
Oil on canvas pasted on board
20 x 17.25 in (51 x 43.6 cm)

Acquired directly from the artist in exchange for one of the owner's paintings in 1952
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, New Delhi

V.S. Gaitonde: Works from Private Collections, New Delhi: Saffronart, 21 January - 4 February 2011

Sandhini Poddar ed., V.S.Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life, New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2014, p. 48 (illustrated)
Roshan Sahani and Narendra Dengle, Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Light, Mumbai: Bodhana Arts and Research Foundation, 2016, p. 60 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


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