Modern and Contemporary Art
Joaquín Torres-García, Uruguayan, 1874 - 1949
Pigments in aqueous medium on burlap
1952-61-121A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
LabelThis 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").
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