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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BERNARD CHAPPARD

José Gurvich
ESTRUCTURA CON FIGURAS
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BERNARD CHAPPARD

José Gurvich
ESTRUCTURA CON FIGURAS
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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José Gurvich
1927 - 1974
ESTRUCTURA CON FIGURAS
Signed J. Gurvich and dated 1960 (upper left) 
Oil on board relief
31 1/8 by 39 in.
79 by 99 cm
Executed in 1960. 
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Provenance

Mr. & Mrs. C.R. Alderton, Montevideo
Acquired from the above

Exhibited

Madrid, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; Austin, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas; Monterrey, Museo de Monterrey; New York, Bronx Museum of the Arts & Mexico City, Museo Rufino Tamayo, El Taller Torres-García: The School of the South and its Legacy, 1991-93, no. 52, illustrated in color in the catalogue 
New York, Americas Society Art Gallery, José Gurvich: Constructive Imagination, 2005, no. 5, illustrated in color in the catalogue 

Catalogue Note

Born in Lithuania into a Jewish family, José Gurvich arrived in Uruguay in 1932. Leaving behind economic hardship and religious persecution that devastated Eastern Europe during World War II, his family settled in a working-class neighborhood in Montevideo where the young boy demonstrated an early inclination towards drawing. Years later, studying violin in 1943 he met Horacio Torres, who pleaded with his father, Joaquín Torres-García, so that he would accept Gurvich as a student at the newly created “Taller del Sur” (Studio of the South).   

The “Taller del Sur,” also known as TTG (Taller Torres-García), was founded on a dual model: medieval craft guilds and modern art schools such as Bauhaus and Black Mountain Collage. Although diametrically opposed to the technological and industrial orientation of the latter, the Taller became the epicenter for a new generation of Uruguayan artists. The workshop, which quickly attained legendary status, had a vocational interdisciplinary nature; it intended to break antiquated models and hierarchies between design, craft and art. A devoted practitioner and ideological member of the Taller, Gurvich bridges the neo-platonic teachings of Universal Constructivism and the broad spectrum of abstract pictorial expressions advanced by European contemporary movements such Art Informel.

Estructura con figuras from 1960 reveals the artist’s penchant for objective experience. Human forms, a glass of wine, a seemingly floating bottle, the ubiquitous clock—iconographical elements connected to the prescripts of the Taller Torres-García—make reference to observational reality. While undeniably Constructivist in spirit, Estructura con figuras also palpates with Kinetic and Op influence. An accomplished example from his mature period, the work reveals a dynamic and undulating composition where sinuous relief elements and straighter geometric areas confront each other; their pictorial space overflowing the perimeter of the canvas.

 

 

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