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Composición [Composition]

20th century
18.2 cm x 11 cm (7 3/16 in. x 4 5/16 in.)

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

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Uruguay
Medium and Support: Ink over pencil on paper
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of John and Barbara Duncan, 1971
Accession Number: G1971.3.50

In "Composición" Joaquín Torres-García explores a scheme of traditional archetypes that characterized his signature style, Constructive Universalism. The sun, symbolizing the divine spirit, rules the universe, which the artist divided in three realms: the intellectual (clock and compass), the emotional (human figure, heart, temple, ship), and the physical world (fish). A few months after he returned to Uruguay, after living in Europe for forty years, Torres-García sent this sketch as a form of update to his friend Anatole Jakovski in France. He had met this Russian-born, naturalized French art critic and art collector during the early 1930s, when both were part of an important circle of concrete artists active in Paris. Below the drawing he included a dedication: “To my dear friend Jakovski, cordially, J. Torres-García. Montevideo, November 17, 1934.”

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