Joaquín Torres-García, Uruguayan, 1874 - 1949
Made in France, Europe Date:
Pigments in aqueous medium on burlapDimensions:
32 x 39 7/16 inches (81.3 x 100.2 cm)Curatorial Department:
European PaintingObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
This work is one of the first examples of Torres-García's "Universal Constructivism," a style of painting that combined a gridlike, abstract structure with symbolic images. The icons embedded in the creamy beige ground include a fish, a ladder, several clocks, a man and a woman, and what looks to be a steam locomotive, further suggested by the letters "EXPR" (perhaps short for "express").
With Galerie Pierre, Paris, by 1934; sold to A. E. Gallatin, New York, June 1934 ; bequest to PMA, 1952.
1. As per letter of October 27, 1934, from Gallatin to Torres-Garcia, cited by Gail Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph. D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 9, p. 279.