Spanish Art History In a Nutshell
Each signed in pencil, inscribed H.C., one of five hors commerce sets before the edition of fifty (there were also five artist's proof sets), published by Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, the full sheets, deckle edges above and below, in very good condition, loose (as issued), within the original hessian-covered folder with stamped text on the cover (portfolio).
Plate 430 x 590 mm., Sheet 635 x 900 mm.
Portfolio 935 x 655 x 15 mm.
From the Catalogue:
In his introduction to the catalogue raisonné of Eduardo Chillida’s prints, Martin van der Koelen describes the Inguru series as marking a transition from a looser abstraction towards a greater degree of structure in his graphic work. This is apparent in the use of borders at the edges of the rectangular plates, which, although interrupted in places, frame the more intuitive internal structures of lines and shapes. This gives the strong sense of visual stability so characteristic of the artist’s oeuvre from this point.
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One of Spain’s most celebrated sculptors, Eduardo Chillida achieved international recognition with works exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1958. Chillida forged monumental abstract forms in iron and granite, often for public spaces, as well as producing a body of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. His sculptures are distinguished by their geometric and curvilinear forms, as well as their combined qualities of movement and tension. Chillida is known to have had a craftsman’s intimacy with his material, often playing a hands-on role in the production of his works; with a team of blacksmiths, the artist would usually coat his metal with an alloy to create rust as it oxidized. Chillida, who expressed an affinity with the philosopher Martin Heidegger’s interest in humanity’s relationship to space, once said, “My whole work is a journey of discovery in space.”
Spanish, 1924-2002, San Sebastian, Spain