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    Sale 2005

    Latin American Sale Evening Session

    28 - 29 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 61

    Claudio Bravo (Chilean b. 1936)

    Paquete verde (Green Package)

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    Claudio Bravo (Chilean b. 1936)
    Paquete verde (Green Package)
    signed 'CLAUDIO BRAVO' (lower left) and dated 'MMV' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    76½ x 50 7/8 in. (194.3 x 130 cm.)
    Painted in 2005.

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    "Claudio Bravo has recounted the genesis of the package paintings, pointing out the almost haphazard nature of the inauguration of this phase of his career. 'I suppose that the idea for these pictures came partly through looking at Mark Rothko's paintings of large fields of color and partly through certain works that Antoni Tàpies had done using string across a canvas surface. The initial stimulus, however, was a very simple mundane one. Three of my sisters had come to stay with me from Chile. One day one of them came home with a number of packages and placed them on a table. I was fascinated by their forms and I painted them. I went on painting wrapped packages in many ways, investigating the abstract possibilities.'"

    Claudio Bravo in conversation with Edward J. Sullivan.
    E. J. Sullivan, Claudio Bravo: Wrapped Packages, 1997.


    Marlborough Gallery, New York.
    Joel Seiden collection, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Exhibition catalogue, Claudio Bravo: Paintings and Drawings, Madrid, Marlborough Gallery, 2006, p. 11, no. 7 (illustrated in color). Exhibition catalogue, Claudio Bravo, Monterrey, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, 2007, p. 50-51 and cover (illustrated in color).


    Madrid, Marlborough Gallery, Claudio Bravo: Paintings and Drawings, February 7- March 11, 2006, no. 7. This exhibition later traveled to London, Marlborough Gallery, March 30- May 6, 2006; and Monaco, Marlborough Gallery, June 29- September 8, 2006.
    Monterrey, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Claudio Bravo, January 26- April 22, 2007, no. 4.