Lot 32
  • 32

Armando Morales (1927-2011)

250,000 - 350,000 USD
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  • Armando Morales
  • Selva tropical
  • signed and dated 1989 lower right
  • oil on canvas
  • 63 by 78 3/4 in.
  • 160 by 200 cm


Claude Bernard Collection, New York
Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey
Private Collection, Mexico 
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Latin American Art, May, 29, 2002, lot 27, illustrated in color


Mexico City, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Armando Morales, Pintura, April-September 1990, no. 38, p, 68, illustrated in color


Lily Kassner, Morales, Mexico City, 1995, no. 164, pp. 184-5, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"Morales shows us that every great painting is something that never took place before. It doesn’t reflect the world: it creates the world. Armando Morales is a realist who bathes reality in dreams. He is a crepuscular painter merging the real and the fantastic at dusk. He is a Latin American painter because he keeps all of the traditions of art alive, refusing to sacrifice a single one. He does not accept a linear, exclusive modernity. He is a universal painter because he has emerged, as commented by another great Nicaraguan, the novelist Sergio Ramirez, “from the imprisoned time of his borders to stand exposed to the elements with no more protection than his genius and his work. He is a unique painter for, as in Wordworth’s poem, he is only a solitary heart lodged in a dream.”

Carlos Fuentes, "Painting is a Dream," in Lily Kassner, Morales, Italy, 1995, p. 11