Discovered by the writer, critic, and art collector known as Tériade and Christian Zervos in 1925, Ismael de la Serna was a prominent, critically acclaimed inter-war artist operating in a post-cubist style. According to Tériade, Picasso, upon seeing de la Serna's work, exclaimed: "At last, a true painter! As grand as Juan Gris!"
The balance of colour, texture and form finds equilibrium in these works, reducing complex views and objects with graceful simplicity. The careful choice of descriptive details, like the grain of wood in lot 280 and the spines of the cactus in lot 332, locate and familiarize the subject, whilst decrypting the world around it into abbreviated flattened shapes. The rich colour and strong lines of lots 280 and 332 exemplify the rich blend of exuberance and sober expression that characterises de la Serna's work.
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