11.4 cm x 8.3 cm (4 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in.)
(Montevideo, Uruguay, 1874 - 1949, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Latin America, Uruguayan
Medium and Support:
Ink and graphite on brown paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Judy S. and Charles W. Tate, 2016
While in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s, Torres-García examined the leading avant-garde movements of his time--Cubism, Constructivism, and Surrealism--and eventually arrived at his own style. This "Composition" is a rare example of Torres-García’s exploration of Cubism, a style that challenged the notion of realistic representation while still providing visual clues to identify the subject matter. Torres-García broke down his subject into geometric shapes and then re-assembled them in a new way. This drawing is ambiguous, suggesting a bottle, a musical instrument, or even a figure walking.