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  • Provenance

    Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 29, 1997

  • 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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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SARA AND DAVID LIEBERMAN

181

'Umbra 4'

1996
Painted fabric, silver leaf, acrylic, mounted on board.
61 3/8 x 20 1/8 in (156 x 51 cm)
Signed on the verso in black pen with ‘834 c/“UMBRA 4”/Olga de Amaral/1996’.

Estimate
$16,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $25,000

Design

12 December 2012
New York