Acquavella Gallery, New York
Edmund Peel Fine Art Consulting, London
Private Collection, Spain
New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Manolo Millares: Recent Paintings, 1960, n.p., no. 4, illustrated
Madrid, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Millares, 1992, p. 105, no. 17, illustrated in colour
Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Manolo Millares: Werke von 1951 bis 1971, 1992, p. 62, no. 14, illustrated in colour
Gabriel Andivero, Millares: une dimension imaginaire de la matière, Paris 1984-85, p. 101 (text)
Anon., ‘Otro paso de Millares’, La Capital, No. 2, Madrid 1992, p. 94, illustrated in colour
Alfonso de la Torre, Manolo Millares: Pinturas Catálogo Razonado, Madrid 2004, p. 153, no. 120, illustrated in colour
Endowed with intricate symbolism, Millares’ piece unravels the artist’s interest in the history of his native Canary Islands. Millares began to employ burlap with mixed-media techniques after he encountered Guanche mummies wrapped in cloth sacks at the Museo Canario. In referencing these mummified remains, Millares engages with the lives of past civilisations and the vulnerability of man. Art historian Jose-Augusto França noted that Millares came to “the realisation of the disappearance of man, but in the same way… he also became aware of the power man has of existing outside his physical life through memory, dreams, or magic” (Ibid., p. 111).
Marrying the archaeological heritage of his native land with an expressive re-evaluation of everyday materials, Millares explored the possibilities of painting beyond formal restrictions. In some areas of the work, the paint appears to have been thrown at the surface and allowed to drip downwards in an experiment of chance. Coming after the artist’s early exploration of Surrealism, inspired by the phantasmagoric fauna of Miró and symbolism of Klee, the mature works of Millares delight in the physical reality of his artistic production. Through archaic references combined with humble materials, and the build up of matter and layering of paint, Cuadro 38 holds a powerful, and ultimately mysterious, presence over the viewer.
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