Mario Carreño - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Patronato de Artes Plásticas, Havana
    Private Collection, Florida
    Sotheby's, New York, November 15, 1994, lot 44
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Havana, Galería Lyceum, Mario Carreño, March 13–22, 1942, no. 4 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    José Gomez Sicre, Cuadernos de la Plástica Cubana I. Mario Carreño, Havana, 1943, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Mario Carreño

    Cuban • 1913 - 1999

    Throughout his career, Mario Carreño produced a large body of diverse work ranging in style from Neo-Classical Figuration to Abstraction, and he is widely recognized as a key figure in Modern Cuban art. Carreño spent his formative years abroad, visiting Mexico in 1935 and later traveling throughout Europe in the 1940s. While in Europe, Carreño drew great inspiration from such contemporary avant-garde styles as Expressionism, Cubism and Abstraction.

    Like Amelia Peláez, Carlos Enrique and other second-generation Vanguardia artists, Carreño aimed to incorporate European Modernist style into his oeuvre while developing a nationalist visual lexicon. His seminal works from the '40s, including Fuego en el Batey, Corte de Caña and Danza Afrocubana are brilliantly colored Duco works that each represent an essential element of Cuban identity.

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La lavandera (The Laundress)

signed and dated "Carreño-41" lower left
oil on canvas
30 x 24 7/8 in. (76.2 x 63.2 cm)
Painted in 1941.

$100,000 - 150,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2023