V.S. Gaitonde: Triumph of Solitude

Debu Barve profiles Indian abstract painter V.S. Gaitonde (1924-2001).

Gaitonde, Barve writes, "insisted on not being categorized as an 'abstract' painter, but a 'non-objective' one instead... Abstract painting in India was dominated by gestural figurative abstraction, and the common practice of ornamenting the ideas with ethnic references and cultural motifs. In such times, Gaitonde's richly evolved forms and luminous colors must have appeared 'outsiders' to some, and it is no wonder why Gaitonde himself must have preferred to remain detached from the established school of abstraction."