Joaquín Torres-García - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Emmanuel Guigon, ed., Joaquín Torres-Garcia: un Monde Construit, exh. cat., Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain, Strasbourg, 2002, pp. 90, 95, 97, 221 for similar paintings and pp. 106, 122 and 134 for other small painted objects

  • Catalogue Essay

    Joaquín Torres-García was the leader of the Catalan Modernist Movement in the early 20th century and founder of Circle et Carre, the first abstract group in Paris.  Torres- García developed his own theory of art, Universal Constructivism, which would become the basis for the development of the Latin American abstract art movement.  His work is held in prominent collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museu de Arte de São Paolo, and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.

  • 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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Rare hand-painted box with Dominoes

Ebony, painted ebony, painted cardboard, shaped metal.
Box: 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (3.8 x 16.5 x 5.7 cm)
Domino tiles manufactured by Berndorf, Germany.  Side of box signed in paint “JTG 44.”  Comprising 45 domino tiles and one box, hand-painted by Joaquín Torres-García (47).

$40,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $58,600

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York