Lot Details

Artwork measures 6.3 x 7.28 x 6.9 inches (16 x 18.5 x 17.5 cm). With wooden base measuring 8.5 x 8.5 x 2 inches (21.59 x 21.59 x 5.08 cm).

This bronze sculpture by Francisco Zúñiga is a rendition of one of the artist's favored subjects, the crouching female nude. In "Desnudo de cuclillas," the model's low-slung posture provides an occasion for the graceful curvature and sensuous volumetric weight for which Zúñiga's sculpted nudes have gained acclaim.

Francisco Zúñiga (1912-1998) was a celebrated Mexican painter and sculptor best known for his sensual bronze and onyx figures. Born in Costa Rica, Zúñiga began making art at an early age, helping to create religious figures in his father’s studio. After moving to Mexico in 1936, he gained immediate recognition for his sculptures and paintings, exhibiting widely. Between 1938 and 1970, he taught at Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts, “La Esmeralda,” of which he was one of the founders. Zúñiga first came to prominence in the United States in the early 1940s, when he was included in the Chicago Art Club exhibition “Thirteen Mexican Artists” (1941). Shortly thereafter, the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired one of his sculptures and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York acquired two of his drawings. His estate is represented by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Public Collections:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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Catalogue Raisonné: Francisco Zúñiga: Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I, Sculpture, 1923-1993
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Location: Tiny chips to wooden base only, as pictured.
Notes: Artwork itself is in excellent condition.
Degree: Minor
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Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 6.3 x 7.28 x 6.9 in. (16 x 18.49 x 17.53 cm.)
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