‘A picture is worth a thousand words’… To elaborate, the story that a painting depicts depends on the eyes of the observers. The same art piece will be deconstructed differently by different people and will receive various comments. Nonetheless, an artist never stops creating the mesmerizing artworks with its magic wand and keeps on pouring out its heart with vibrant colours from the palette.
I would like to present you India’s Top 5 Paintings. Get ready to be awestruck by the wonderful curio, painted with fine strokes, soothing colours, and enchanting message that wait to be riddled.
Cinco, cuatro, tres, dos, uno… let it begin.
*The paintings are not in any particular order and are randomly listed.
This collectors’ piece was created by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Untitled (1979), this golden yellow landscape in oils was auction-off for $3.8 Mn. It measures 60 * 40 inches.
Again, a spectacular piece of art by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Untitled (1996), it bears the signature of the artist in Hindi and also has a Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) label on the reverse. This painting provokes new discoveries with every viewing, showing the balance of light, texture, colour and space that Gaitonde perfected over his career. It is oil on canvas measuring 55 * 40 inches and was auctioned-off $4.09 Mn.
Next on the list is an amazing painting by the Goa- born artist Francis Newton Souza, – “Birth.” This art piece is considered to be one of the most important works of his career. Painted in the year 1955, this painting was also included in his first solo show at Gallery One in London. The painting portrays the pain a pregnant female figure experiences while giving birth to her child.
F N Souza is known for his paintings, which primarily put more emphasis on darker poignant side of the society. This oil on board was sold for a record price of $4.085 Mn at a Christie’s auction in New York in 2015. It is oil on board measuring 48 * 96 inches.
Second to the end on this list is Syed Halder Raza’s “Tapovan.” It is considered as an important piece and was painted in 1970s. Tapovan, or the forest of meditation, invokes a deep sense of nature and night by fusing abstract, symbolic forms into powerful and mystic expression of the mood and atmosphere of the Indian nightscape. This acrylic on canvas measuring 62 7/8 * 74 3/8 inches was auctioned-off for $4.45 Mn.
The last one to make to this list is yet another masterpiece by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Untitled (1995) is oil on canvas bears the signature of the artist in Hindi. Further, it is inscribed and dated ‘V S Gaitonde 95’ on the reverse. It measure 55 ¼ * 40 1/8 inches. It was auctioned-off for $4.41 Mn.