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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Olga de Amaral

    Colombian • 1932

    At age 22 with a degree in architectural design, Olga de Amaral moved from Bogotá to the United States where she studied fiber art at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She returned to Colombia in 1955, and in 1956 she and her husband, Jim Amaral, opened a workshop of hand-woven textiles. De Amaral's distinctive large-scale abstract woven pieces are often covered in gold and silver leaf, lending them a shimmering, almost sculptural quality in contrast to the feeling of a tapestry. Her richly textured pieces evoke the varied natural landscapes of Colombia as well as ancient pre-Columbian gold artifacts. The artist's architectural background is evident in the precise sculptural quality of her works, but de Amaral says her craft is driven by emotion and that she does not plan for particular patterns to emerge. 

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Alquimia XIX

1985
acrylic and gold leaf on woven linen strips
35 1/2 x 70 3/4 in. (90 x 180 cm.)
Signed, titled, numbered and dated "Ref. 397 'Alquimia XIX' Olga de Amaral 1985" on the reverse. This work is registered in the artist’s archives under reference number OA0397.

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $68,750

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Director of Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 24 November 2014 2pm