Galstyan’s stylistic approach changed significantly from the 1960s, with the interplay of line and colour becoming more complex and veering towards abstraction, to which the artist turned in the 1980s and 1990s. The present lot was created at the peak of the artist’s career in 1977 and is an important work in the artist’s oeuvre. The colours become brighter, while the reds and yellows are more prevalent. The contour lines are sharp and contrasting. The existential enquiry of the 1960s develops into an exploration of man and time. The artist searches for answers through increased use of white and black, enigmatic expressions of portraits, and dramatic unmixed colours.
Galstyan remained in constant dialogue with the avant-garde. In his work strong colour is continuously prevalent over structured lines. He masterfully combines the Armenian tradition of colour, beginning with medieval illuminated manuscripts, and the Modernist linearity of form and patchwork of colour planes wtih the inexplicable ‘Armenianness’ of facial features.
Catalogue note written by Sabina Sadova
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