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  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist
    Manolita Piña de Torres-García (acquired from the above)
    Estate of Manolita Piña de Torres
    Private Collection, Spain
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Nature morte au grattoir blanc

signed and dated "J. Torres GARCIA 28" lower edge
oil on board
14 1/8 x 20 1/2 in. (35.9 x 52.1 cm)
Painted in 1928, this work is No. 1928.208 in the Joaquín Torres-García Online Catalogue Raisonné.

Estimate
$90,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $118,750

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New York Auction 21 November 2017