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31.8 cm x 19.8 cm (12 1/2 in. x 7 13/16 in.)
Juan Del Prete
(Vasto, Italy, 1897 - 1987, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support:
Oil on board
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Judy S. and Charles W. Tate, 2016
Composed of flat, geometric planes of color that overlap and intersect, this painting by Juan Del Prete predicts the hard-edge brand of geometric abstraction that would come to dominate Argentine art in the 1940s. Though Del Prete was a pioneer of geometric abstraction in Latin America, his brushwork often betrayed a more expressive sensibility. The painterly texture of "Composición," with its uneven line, warm palette, and gentle gradations in tone, lends the composition an unusual intimacy.