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  • Catalogue Essay

    Nearly 40 years before Beatriz Milhazes created this monumental print, ‘O pato’ was only known in Brazil as one of many recordings of João Gilberto, the man who invented Bossa Nova. Gilberto is a man who walks to his own beat, he creates his tempo tensions by singing ahead or behind the beat. ‘O pato’ – a story about a duck coming along, smiling and singing (quack, quack), when a goose asks to join in the samba. Later comes a conran and a swan so that they make a quartet. They all go to a lake to rehearse but the sounds are so out of tune so it’s a disaster…
    When we look at Milhazes’ composition it follows no rules and has almost a complete center build-up of so many layers it should be a natural to fail, but the fnal “crescendo” is so subtle and seductive we can only love it. It only seems right that the man who transcended both the establishment and his peers by creating a new music for his own country along with the rest of the world is paid homage by his compatriot artist who has done the same

  • Artist Biography

    Beatriz Milhazes

    Brazilian • 1960

    Beatriz Milhazes is best known for her vibrantly colored yet calculated compositions. The artist has cited Baroque architecture, lace work, Carnival decoration and the flora of the Jardim Botanico in Rio de Janiero chief among her inspirations. Milhazes' artistic practice is akin to monotype or collage in that the artist first paints motifs directly onto transparent plastic sheets and later applies them to the canvas, leaving the plastic to dry. The superimposed image allows for overlapping and layering, resulting in a textured canvas and a distorted central focal point. While seemingly chaotic, Milhazes' compositions are perfectly balanced due to the artist's technically sophisticated use of geometric forms and chromatic color palate.

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O pato (The Duck)

1996-1998
Screenprint in colors, on Somerset Velvet paper, the full sheet,
S. 40 x 59 3/4 in (101.6 x 151.8 cm)
signed, titled, dated `1996/98' and numbered 8/20 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 4 artist's proofs), published by Durham Press, Durham, Pennsylvania, generally in very good condition, framed.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $43,750

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