Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002)
Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002)
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Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002)

Elogio de la luz XIV (In Praise of Light XIV)

Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002)
Elogio de la luz XIV (In Praise of Light XIV)
incised with the artist's signature and monogram 'CHILLIDA' (lower right)
12¼ x 6 1/8 x 4¾in. (31 x 15.5 x 12cm.)
Executed in 1969
Private Collection, Paris.
Private Collection, Switzerland.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
O. Paz, E. Chillida and G. Michelin (eds.), Chillida, Paris 1979, no. 150 (illustrated, p. 163).
X. Triado Subirana, Genios del Arte, Chillida, Madrid 2006, p. 26.
I. Chillida and A. Cobo (eds.), Eduardo Chillida. Catálogo Razonado de Escultura, San Sebastian 2014, no. 1969007 (illustrated in colour, p. 289).
Bilbao, Galería Colón XVI, Eduardo Chillida, 2003, p. 103, no. 15 (illustrated in colour, p. 39).
Barcelona, Fundació Joan Miró, Chillida, 2003-2004, p. 153 (illustrated in colour, p. 90).
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent. These lots have been imported from outside the EU or, if the UK has withdrawn from the EU without an agreed transition deal, from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.
Further details
This work is registered in the archives of the Museo Chillida-Leku under no. 1969007.

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‘I use alabaster because of a direct call from architecture. On working it, what I have tried since 1965 is a more architectural positing of my problems, as well as a new look at light. I had been deeply imbued in darkness, far from Greece. Alabaster provided a possibility of an encounter with light and architecture’ – Eduardo Chillida

A poetics of space carved from solid alabaster, Eduardo Chillida’s Elogio de la luz XIV (In Praise of Light XIV) is a mesmerising delineation of shadow and light. Crenellations extrude from the pastel stone, curving subtly in a play of positive and negative space. Sculpted in 1969, the work presents a sensitive articulation of the relationships between space and materiality in milky, translucent stone. Alabaster is both dense and incandescent, a paradox manifest in the present work. Chillida began using the material in 1965, following travels in France, Greece and Italy in the early 1960s, during which he became entranced by the glowing quality of the stone as it reflected and absorbed the bright Mediterranean light. The artist began his career by studying architecture, a training evident in his sculptural aesthetic and material considerations. His choice to use alabaster was directly influenced by the structural configurations he had observed; the poet Octavio Pax described these works as ‘blocks of transparency in which the form becomes space and the space dissolves in oscillations of light’ (O. Paz, quoted in K. Baranano (ed.), Chillida 1948-1998, exh. cat., Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 1998, p. 86). It was a transformative medium for an artist who, up until his travels, had privileged materials local to his native Basque region. Speaking retrospectively, he said, ‘I had been deeply imbued in darkness, far from Greece. Alabaster provided a possibility of an encounter with light and architecture' (E. Chillida, quoted in K. de Barañano, 'Homage to Eduardo Chillida,' Homage to Chillida, exh. cat., Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, 2006, p. 72). In expressive, delicate geometries, Elogio de la luz XIV captures a luminous physicality, the immaterial rendered tangible.

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