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Composition

Joaquín Torres-García, Uruguayan, 1874 - 1949

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
1929

Medium:
Pigments in aqueous medium on burlap

Dimensions:
32 x 39 7/16 inches (81.3 x 100.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1952-61-121

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Label:
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").

Provenance

With Galerie Pierre, Paris, by 1934; sold to A. E. Gallatin, New York, June 1934 [1]; 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.