His interest in abstraction started in 1957 when he began to paint with a roller and a knife in successive translucent layers that transform the image by bringing a shining. The turning point of his career was in 1960 when Air India took an interest in his work. Until his death 41 years later, his art became specialized in a splendid invitation to meditation.
The effect of presence is undeniable because the viewer imagines some forms, but Gaitonde increases the mystery by not revealing his figurative source of inspiration. The introduction of a kind of horizon marker in his 1962 series soberly entitled Painting is spectacular and opens to him some notoriety. His art is not yet compared to Rothko's but already deserves to be.
On March 15 in New York, Sotheby's sells an oil on canvas painted in 1960 in a very large size for this artist, 152 x 263 cm. It is estimated $ 2.5M, lot 530.
In an ethereal environment that can be mist, a form in hues of blue appears as a ghost ship. The down extension of a major line is certainly the reflection of the mast. The blue stain in the right side of the picture is a simple counterweight in the composition or may be it is a bindi.
I invite you to watch the video shared by Sotheby's.
SOLD for $ 2.78M including premium