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Alfonso Ossorio

Welded Baby, 1950

Ink, wax, and watercolor on paper
11 1/2 × 8 3/4 in
29.2 × 22.2 cm
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New York
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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Alfonso Ossorio
Filipino-American, 1916–1990
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Alfonso Ossorio synthesized Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Art Brut styles over the course of his career. His early works were inspired by Surrealism, although he created these paintings by pouring oil and enamel paint onto canvas—a technique aligned with abstract expressionist art. A meeting with Jean Dubuffet sparked Ossorio’s interest in Art Brut, as he was drawn to the form’s shedding of fine art preconceptions. Ossorio’s career is marked by an oscillation between the influences of Jackson Pollock and Dubuffet—both of whom the artist was friends with—and experimentation with abstraction and figuration. “Congregations,” a series of Dubuffet-inspired assemblages, evoke a Catholic spirit and decorative energy that is characteristic of Ossorio’s paintings.

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About the work
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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Alfonso Ossorio
Filipino-American, 1916–1990
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Alfonso Ossorio synthesized Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Art Brut styles over the course of his career. His early works were inspired by Surrealism, although he created these paintings by pouring oil and enamel paint onto canvas—a technique aligned with abstract expressionist art. A meeting with Jean Dubuffet sparked Ossorio’s interest in Art Brut, as he was drawn to the form’s shedding of fine art preconceptions. Ossorio’s career is marked by an oscillation between the influences of Jackson Pollock and Dubuffet—both of whom the artist was friends with—and experimentation with abstraction and figuration. “Congregations,” a series of Dubuffet-inspired assemblages, evoke a Catholic spirit and decorative energy that is characteristic of Ossorio’s paintings.

Alfonso Ossorio

Welded Baby, 1950

Ink, wax, and watercolor on paper
11 1/2 × 8 3/4 in
29.2 × 22.2 cm
Sold
Location
New York
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