Vasudeo S. Gaitonde

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde

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Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924–2001) was regarded as India's foremost abstract artist. He received Padma Shri Award in 1971.

Personal life and education

Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra of Goan Parentage. He received his diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948 He died in 2001.

Vasudev S. Gaitonde was regarded as one of the most finest and cloistered abstract painter of India. Vasudev Gaitonde was born in 1924 and had received his diploma from the J. J. School of Art in Mumbai in 1948. Impressed by his work, Vasudev was invited to join the Progressive Artists Group of Bombay. 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 east 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. In 1971, he was awarded the Padma Shri i.e. the highest award for creative excellence given by the Government of India.

Gaitonde experimented hugely with form and shape in his works. Vasudev’s wraithlike and multifarious paintings...
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