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Composición [Composition]

1931
20th century
11.4 cm x 8.3 cm (4 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in.)

Joaquín Torres-García (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1874 - 1949, Montevideo, Uruguay) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Uruguayan
Medium and Support: Ink and graphite on brown paper
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Judy S. and Charles W. Tate, 2016
Accession Number: 2016.115

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.

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