4 February 2004
Property from an Important American Collection
Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002)
Yunque de suens I
incised with the artist's monogram and numbered '1/4'
bronze on wooden base
25in. (63.5cm.) high
Executed in 1957, this work is number one from an edition of four
Galerie Maeght, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1960.
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C. Esteban, Chillida, Paris 1971, no. 27 (another cast illustrated, p. 87).
Chillida, exh. cat., Pittsburgh, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, October 1979-January 1980, no. 56 (another cast illustrated, p. 156).
This work is registered in the archives of the Museo Chillida-Leku, under number 1957008.
Yunque de Sueños (Anvil of Dreams) is the poetic title that Chillida gave to an exquisite series of sixteen works executed between 1954 and 1966. The title refers to the physical act of making iron sculpture, hammering and forging the material form of the work on the anvil and then shaping and stretching the molten metal into a visual expression of the artist's vision.
Given Chillida's intuitive understanding of the fundamental nature of sculpture, it is, as many commentators have pointed out, ultimately, space itself that is wrought on the anvil, the material form of the sculpture being merely a physical expression of the nature of the space around it.
Yunque de Sueños I is a clear expression of this notion. Looking like flower in full blossom or a hand that has opened to sense the air around it, the gentle forms of this small-scale work seem to caress the vast immaterial dimensionless void around it.
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