Lot 39
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Joaquín Torres-García (1874-1949)

300,000 - 400,000 USD
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  • Joaquín Torres-García
  • Puerto de Marsella

  • signed upper left and dated 28 upper right
  • 31 5/8 by 39 1/2 in.
  • (80.3 by 100.3 cm)
oil on canvas


Dr. Franconi, Buenos Aires
Private Collection, Buenos Aires


Buenos Aires, Galería Müller, 1942, n.n.
Buenos Aires, Instituto de Arte Moderno, Joaquín Torres-García: Pinturas, April, 1951, p. 16, no. 31, illustrated
Buenos Aires, Galería Palatina, Joaquín Torres-García (1874-1949), May, 1987, no. 2

Catalogue Note

The year 1928, marked an extremely prolific time in the artistic career of the Uruguayan master Joaquín Torres-García, a period of intense explorations that would ultimately contribute to the evolution of his mature style. The importance of Puerto de Marsella (a harbor the artist may have traveled through while he was living in the south of France prior to moving to Paris in 1926) resides in the way in which the artist synthesized the complex reality of the elements of the landscape while simultaneously conveying its energy and vibration with a steady, yet rhythmic graphic quality.


Guillermo de la Torre, author of the 1951 exhibition catalogue where this work was first illustrated, writes that Torres-García was "an indefatigable explorer paralleled only by Picasso." In the context of his production of 1928, this groundbreaking work stands as a symbol of the artist's intense search, one that foreshadows his future renewal of the pictorial language of modernism.


Cecilia de Torres