Art for the love of it
It has been a rare pleasure to deal with Gallery G. I had lent them a very old Gaitonde to put up for a brief display of Old Masters. The painting, from my Father-in-law's awesome collection, was dated 1966 and was done by pen on paper, which had yellowed due to age and was probably crumbling. While conscious of its value, my husband and I did not know what could be done about the discolouration, or if anything could be done at all.
That is when Gallery G's very professional and knowledgeable team volunteered to send it off to an expert in Delhi, who worked wonders with the background without in any way damaging the painting. As if that was not enough, Gallery G got it suitably reframed entirely at their own cost. All this was done with a generosity of spirit and a deep love for art and artists. This is something I see year after year in all their shows of new discoveries and the unstinting effort put into the revival of the Supreme Maestro, Raja Ravi Varma's work from near obscurity.
The Sandeep and Gitanjali Maini Foundation, under the separate auspices from The Raja Ravi Varma Foundation, has also contributed to this remarkable endeavour. It must, I think, be a thankless, non-paying effort if you see the monies spent, but an entirely satisfying effort to successfully reintroduce Raja Ravi Varma's genius to a generation of Indians who buy art because it matches the color of their sofa.
But for their continuing efforts, an entire generation of young Indians would perhaps never have known of this near-forgotten genius buried in the dusty chambers of history.
In a world where the crude commercialisation of art takes away from its spontaneity and sanctity, here is this core team of very professional people led by the understated, soft-spoken Gitanjali Maini, who go the long mile to preserve and represent an old master entirely of their own volition and at their own cost. I am sure V.S. Gaitonde is most grateful to Gallery G way up in the Valhalla of Artists. As am I and my husband.