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Olga de Amaral

Cuatro paisajes (Modulo D) [Four landscapes (Module D)], 1976-1977

Wool and horsehair
72 × 120 in
182.9 × 304.8 cm
This is a unique work.
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London, London
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About the work
Medium
Textile Arts
Signature
Signed twice, titled, inscribed and dated 'FOR: PRUDENCIAL. Ref:219 WALL A1 DATE: 1976 Olga de Amaral DE AMARAL' (on the reverse)
Olga de Amaral
Colombian, b. 1932
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Concerned primarily with color and structure, Olga de Amaral creates gold-leaf, textile-based works, which she thinks of as “golden surfaces of light.” Their sculptural presence reveals the artist’s background in architectural design, while their technical finesse has earned her great acclaim. With series titles such as “Pozos Azules” (Blue Wells) and “Soles Rojos” (Red Suns), the shimmering abstract works evoke the natural and vernacular landscapes of Colombia, the artist’s native country; they also recall pre-Columbian gold artifacts. From afar, the linen, cotton, or sometimes even horsehair-based pieces look more like glistening mosaics than tapestries. In reality, the tessera-like squares are nestled between strands of fibers hand-coated with gesso paint and gold-leaf. Despite the presence of geometric patterns, de Amaral says she is driven by emotion and doesn’t think much about patterns when picking up a pencil to make her initial sketches.

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About the work
Medium
Textile Arts
Signature
Signed twice, titled, inscribed and dated 'FOR: PRUDENCIAL. Ref:219 WALL A1 DATE: 1976 Olga de Amaral DE AMARAL' (on the reverse)
Olga de Amaral
Colombian, b. 1932
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Concerned primarily with color and structure, Olga de Amaral creates gold-leaf, textile-based works, which she thinks of as “golden surfaces of light.” Their sculptural presence reveals the artist’s background in architectural design, while their technical finesse has earned her great acclaim. With series titles such as “Pozos Azules” (Blue Wells) and “Soles Rojos” (Red Suns), the shimmering abstract works evoke the natural and vernacular landscapes of Colombia, the artist’s native country; they also recall pre-Columbian gold artifacts. From afar, the linen, cotton, or sometimes even horsehair-based pieces look more like glistening mosaics than tapestries. In reality, the tessera-like squares are nestled between strands of fibers hand-coated with gesso paint and gold-leaf. Despite the presence of geometric patterns, de Amaral says she is driven by emotion and doesn’t think much about patterns when picking up a pencil to make her initial sketches.

Olga de Amaral

Cuatro paisajes (Modulo D) [Four landscapes (Module D)], 1976-1977

Wool and horsehair
72 × 120 in
182.9 × 304.8 cm
This is a unique work.
Contact For Price
location
London, London
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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