V. S. Gaitonde
11.5 x 9.0 in. / 29.2 x 22.9 cm.
Serigraph on handmade paper pasted on handmade paper
Like most other modern Indian masters of abstraction, V. S. Gaitonde too began his career making figurative works. But very early in his career, he turned his back on pictorial art, experimenting with calligraphy and hieroglyphs, which are considered his bridge from the figurative to the abstract. This Untitled serigraph is an example of this bridge phase, which lasted from the late Fifties to early Sixties. In the calligraphic figures in this serigraph are discernible the seeds of meditation that would mark his celebrated works of later years, and that would make him one of the most important modern Indian artists ever.
Singh, Kishore, India’s Rockefeller Artists: An Indo-US Cultural Saga (New Delhi: DAG, 2017), p. 131
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