Joaquín Torres-García - Latin America New York Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist
    Rose Fried Gallery, New York
    Private Collection of Emilio Ellena, Santiago
    By descent to Private Collection
    Private Collection, São Paulo

  • Exhibited

    Washington DC, Pan American Union, Torres-García and his Workshop, February 2-March 13, 1950
    New York, Rose Fried Gallery, Joaquín Torres García 1874-1949: 15th Memorial Exhibition, January 6 - February 13, 1964
    Santiago, Corporación Cultural Las Condes, Joaquín Torres-García, April 7-24, 1994

  • Literature

    C. Schaefer, ed., Torres-García, Buenos Aires, Poseidon, 1945, Plate II (illustrated)
    E. Jardí, Torres García, Barcelona, 1973, no. 364, p. 249 (illustrated)
    R. Bindis, "El constructivismo Torres-García: El Lenguaje de las cosas y del mundo", La Tercera, Santiago, April 17, 1994 (illustrated)
    A.M. Maslach, ed., Joaquín Torres-García: Sol y luna del arcano, Caracas, 1998, no. 378, p. 579 (illustrated)
    Julio Maria Sanguinetti, "Joaquín Torres-García: El Lenguaje de las cosas y del mundo", Clásica: Arte & Cultura, Buenos Aires, October 1999, no. 134, p. 73 (illustrated)

    We are grateful to Cecilia de Torres for her kind assistance in cataloguing this work.

  • 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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initialed and dated "JTG 44" lower right
oil on masonite
10 1/4 x 13 1/8 in. (26 x 33.3 cm)
Painted in 1944, this work is no. 1944.32, in the Joaquín Torres-García Online Catalogue Raisonné.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $143,750

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Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017