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    Sale 2173

    Latin American Sale

    28 - 29 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguayan 1874-1949)


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    Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguayan 1874-1949)
    signed 'J. Torres-GARCÍA' (lower left) and dated '37' (lower right)
    oil on board
    19 5/8 x 15¾ in. (50 x 40 cm.)
    Painted in 1937.

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    We are grateful to Mrs. Cecilia de Torres for her assistance in confirming the authenticity of this work; to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist under archive number P 1937.36.

    By 1930-31, Torres-García's repertory of symbols was fairly well defined and included precise references to the cosmos (the sun), the ideal pentameter (the number five), human emotions (the heart and the anchor, representing hope), nature (the fish) as well as references to North American Indian art (the teepee framed by a crescent moon and and the sun, such as is found on painted hides)....

    M. Rowell, "Order and symbol: the European and American sources of Torres-García's constructivism," in Torres-García: Grid-Pattern-Symbol. Paris-Montevideo 1924-1944, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1986, 16-18-20.


    Juan R. Menchaca collection, Montevideo.
    Janos Peter Kramer collection, Buenos Aires.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Exhibition catalogue, Joaquín Torres García, Buenos Aires, Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Centro de Artes Visuales, 1964, no. 42 (illustrated).


    Montevideo, Comisión Nacional de Bellas Artes, Exposición Joaquín Torres García, 1962.
    Buenos Aires, Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Centro de Artes Visuales, Joaquín Torres García, November 4- 29th, 1964, no. 42.