Introductie Vasudeo S. Gaitonde:

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde was regarded as one of India’s foremost abstract painters. He completed his art diploma at Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948, and in 1950 was invited to join the influential Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group.

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Homi Bhabha Study, Oil on canvas, 1959Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Homi Bhabha Study, Oil on canvas, 1959.


Gaitonde was born in 1924, in Nagpur, Maharastra, to Goan parents. He received his art diploma from the J. J. School of Art in 1948.

Impressed by his work, Vasudev was in 1950 invited to join the the influentialProgressive Artists Group of Bombay formed in 1947 by artists like Francis Newton Souza and S. H. Raza and M. F. Husain. He actively participated in the activities of the group. He had several exhibitions held in India as well as in foreign countries.

In 1956, he participated in the Indian art exhibition, which was held in Eastern European countries. He also participated in other group exhibitions held at the Graham Art Gallery, New York, in 1959 and 1963. Gaitonde’s abstract works are produced in many Indian and overseas collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In 1957, he was awarded the first prize at the Young Asian Artists Exhibition, Tokyo and the Rockefeller Fellowship followed in 1964.[2] In 1971, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

He lived and worked in Nizamuddin East area of Delhi, and died in 2001.

V. S. Gaitonde was the first Indian contemporary painter whose work was sold for INR9 million (US$150,000) at a 2005 Osians art auction in Mumbai. In 2013, one of Gaitonde’s untitled painting sold for INR237 million (US$3.8 million), set a record for an Indian artist at Christie’s debut auction in India. After the media reports of the auction interest in his work has grown, even at his birthplace Nagpur, where his painting till then lying at warehouse of Central Museum, Nagpur was sent for restoration. It was put on public display in January 2014.

In October 2014, the first retrospective of his work is to take place at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, titled V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life.

Vasudeo S. GaitondeVasudeo S. Gaitonde, Guggenheim Museum in New York 2014. 

Beschrijving werk:

A quiet man and a painter of the quite reaches of the imagination” as one of his admirers once called him, defines Gaitonde best, who has the appearance of an intellectual, literally simmering with some unexplored thought. Conceptually, he never considered himself an abstract painter and is averse to be called one. In fact he asserts that there is no such thing as abstract painting, instead he refers to his work as “non-objective” a kind of personalised hieroglyphics and calligraphic inventions, evoking the surface painted on with the most astounding intuitions, which he has realised in his inevitable meeting, in discovering Zen. ? The meditative Zen quality that transpires his speech, emoting silence is exemplified in his work best, as silence is eternal and meaningful in itself, from this point one does tend to identify the mysterious motifs, the highly personalised hieroglyphs in Gaitonde’s canvasses with the manifestation of intuitions, invested in their His work is influenced by Zen philosophy and ancient calligraphy.

Naam: Vasudeo S. Gaitonde.
Geboren: Maharashtra IN, 1924.
Overleden: Delhi IN, 10 August 2001.
Nationaliteit: Indiase.
Woon / werkplaatsen:

  • 1924 – ????, Nagpur, Maharastra IN.
  • ???? – 2001, Nizamuddin East area of Delhi IN.


  • ????, Sir J. J. School of Art.

Functies kunstwereld:

  • 1950, Silver Medal, Bombay Art Society, Bombay IN.
  • 1957, Young Asian Artists Award, Tokyo JP.
  • 1971, Padma Shri by Government of India in 1971 IN.
  • 1964–65, Rockefeller Fellowship, US.
  • 1989–90, Kalidas Samman, Government of Madhya Pradesh IN.

Actieve periode:

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  • ???? – ????, Studieperiode.

Bekendste werken:

  •  1959, Homi Bhabha Study.

Projecten / opdrachten:


  • 1950, Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group IN.

Leerling van en/of invloed van:
Leraar van en/of invloed op:


  • National Gallery of Modern Art | New Delh IN.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi | New Delhi IN.
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research | Mumba IN.
  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) | New York US | Moderne & Hedendaagse kunst.
  • Pundole Art Gallery | Mumba IN.
  • Mr. Bal Chhabda | Mumbai IN.
  • Jehangir Nicholson Collection | Mumbai IN (Prince of Wales Museum).

Private collecties:
Galerie collecties:

Museumexposities: (Solo / Groep / Duo / ?)

  • 2015: On View Now, Gaitonde at the Guggenheim, Painting as Process, Painting as Life.
  • 1949, Progressive Art Group Exhibition, Bombay Art Society Salon, Bombay IN.
  • 1956, Indian Art Exhibition, Eastern Europe.
  • 1957, 5,000 Years of Indian Art, Essex GB.
  • 1957, Young Asian Artists, Tokyo JP.
  • 1958, 59, 63 Group shows in London GB and New York US.
  • 1959, 71, 73 solo exhibition in New Delhi IN.
  • 1965, Solo exhibition in New York US.
  • 1966, 67, 70, 73, 74, 77, 80 Solo exhibition in Bombay IN.
  • 1982, Festival of India, London GB.
  • 2014 V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York US.

Galerie exposities: (Solo / Groep / Duo / ?)
Overige exposities: (Solo / Groep / Duo / ?)

Eigen publicaties:

  • 2011, ‘Gaitonde $3.8 Million Work Sets Indian Artist Record’, Bloomberg.
  • 2013, “At Rs 23.7 crore, VS Gaitonde sets record for an Indian artist”. The Times of India.
  • 2014,Gaitonde’s painting worth 20 crore on display”, The Times of India.

Radio / televisie:

  • 2005, ‘Boom time for Indian modern art’. BBC News.

Video / film:



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