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Joaquín Torres-García (1874-1949) was a Uruguayan artist best known for introducing the Constructivist art movement to South America through what he called Constructive Universalism. Torres-García studied academic painting at the Escuela Oficial de Bellas Artes de Barcelona and at the Academia Baixas. His time in Europe exposed Torres-García to the emerging painting styles of the avant garde, and he began experimenting, in his own way, with Impressionism and neo-Impressionism. When he moved to Paris in 1926, he met Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian, and the three artists, along with Michel Seuphor, formed the group Cercle at Carre. It was during this time when Torres-García was surrounded by other artistic revolutionaries, that he began developing his own signature style, Constructive Universalism, in which he combined elements of Cubism, Surrealism, pre-Colombian art, along with numerous other movements and styles, and utilized a wide variety of traditional symbols in paintings and flat and three-dimensional sculpture. In 1943, Torres-García published his landmark book in which he expanded upon his artistic theories, entitled “Universalismo Constructivo.”

Torres-García’s works have been included in worldwide exhibitions at institutions such as the Museo de Arte Moderno, Madrid; the Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Hayward Gallery, London.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Soiling
Overall Yes
Date: Old
Notes: Small spot of light brown discoloration in upper left margin, recto. Does not effect the integrity of the image.

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Area
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.



Degree
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.

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Provenance:
  • Marwan Hoss Galerie, Paris.
Exhibition:
Hooks-Epstein, Houston; Mary-Anne Fine Arts, New-York; Camillos Kouros Gallery, New-York. With the labels on the frame back.
  • Ships From: France
  • Shipping Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.3 in. (16 x 10.92 cm.)

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