Six works by V.S. Gaitonde, one of India’s most important modern artists, sold for a total of £727,000 at Bonhams Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art sale on 11th June in London. The six untitled ink on paper drawings (estimated between £20,000-35,000 each) were acquired directly from the artist by American abstract painter Morris Graves, who visited Gaitonde’s studio in 1963. He was so excited by the works that he sent an aerogram that same day to Dan and Marian Johnson of the Willard Gallery in New York. “One of the finest painters I have ever seen,” he wrote of Gaitonde. “He is 100 per cent artist – a great and sincere man…an abstract painter with something unspeakably beautiful and clean added. They are the most beautiful landscapes of the mind plus light…” This series of drawings, part of the same set as a collection in the National Gallery of Modern

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