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Pintura [Painting]

1971
20th century
99.4 cm x 74.3 cm (39 1/8 in. x 29 1/4 in.)

Roberto Aizenberg (Villa Federal, Entre Ríos, Argentina, 1928 - 1996, Buenos Aires, Argentina) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas, mounted on board
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Barbara Duncan, 2003
Accession Number: 2003.4

While never at the center of the mainstream of Argentine art, Roberto Aizenberg was still influential and respected in that world. Despite a flourishing experimental literary scene, Buenos Aires never produced a fully fledged Surrealist movement in the visual arts, making Aizenberg perhaps the closest thing to an Argentine Surrealist. He developed a unique painting technique, applying wet-on-wet oils onto canvas that he mounted on hard board. The result was a series of paintings that glow with a characteristic interior light, recalling Renaissance panels in their clearly defined detail and luminosity. Aizenberg’s subjects were often strange cityscapes punctuated with towers, and Pintura is a radiant example from that body of work. The light emerging from behind the towers here has an ominous quality, suggesting either a smog-filled urban sunset or perhaps a more otherworldly presence.

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