Joaquín Torres-García - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Rose Fried Gallery, New York
    Private collection, Buenos Aires
    Galería Der Brücke, Buenos Aires
    Sale: Christie's, New York, Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, November 20, 1990, lot 35
    Private collection, Caracas
    Sale: Christie's, New York, Important Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, May 15, 1996, lot 54
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Madrid, Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Exposición Antológica Torres García, April-May, 1973

  • Literature

    Exposición Antológica Torres García, exh. cat., Madrid, 1973, p. 112 (illustrated)
    E. Jardí, Torres García, Barcelona, 1974, p. 243 (illustrated)

    This lot will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by Cecilia de Torres, listed as P1943.77.

  • Artist Biography

    Joaquín Torres-García

    Uruguayan • 1874 - 1949

    Joaquín Torres-García was born in Montevideo and moved to Barcelona with his family, studying at the Escuela Oficial de Bellas Artes. The Catalan Noucentismo movement provided the foundation for his artistic development. His work was also influenced by Neo-Plasticism, Cubism and Vibrationism, which fused Cubism and Futurism with urban imagery.

    Torres-García returned to Uruguay after a 43-year absence. While at home, he continued to develop his iconic style of Constructive Universalism, a chief contribution to modernism that affected many younger generations of Uruguayan artists. This style aspired to establish a universal structural unity through synthetic abstraction. In order to accomplish this, Torres-García synthesized rather than analyzed the quotidian elements and urban scenes from reality. While remaining in the world of figuration, he integrated abstraction's structural grids within the composition, also incorporating pre-Columbian aesthetics.

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Río Negro (Arte Constructivo)

oil on board
19 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (50.2 x 69.9 cm)
Initialed and dated "JTG 43" lower left, and titled "Rio Negro" center right. Also titled and dated "Arte Constructivo 1943" on the reverse.

$350,000 - 550,000 

Latin America

20 November 2012
New York