Puerto constructivo con cielo azul is an extraordinary example of this profoundly fertile transitional period. It was then when Torres-García conceived his edifice as a bi-dimensional puzzle made of blocks of primary colors, blacks and whites much in the way he conceived his famous wooden toys. This reductive proposal reads like a continuum of interlocking geometric figures emerging and disappearing into the grid. Many of the symbolic figures recur in Torres-García's production: a clock symbolizing time and impermanence, ships representing adventure and discovery, an anchor suggesting safety and truth, a single man at work representing all of humanity fully integrated and in harmony with its environment.
But even Torres-García himself was not entirely convinced abstraction could lead to the new art he had conceptualized. In Puerto constructivo con cielo azul, he furtively re-inserted a few elements of reality into a mainly abstract construction. The result is a masterly executed painting where carefully calibrated elements are consciously suspended between the opposing worlds of reality and abstraction. The present painting, once in the prestigious collection of Royal Marks, sold in these rooms in a white glove sale in November 1992.
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