Lot 11
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Narciso Debourg (b. 1925)

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Narciso Debourg
  • Lumière à 4 Faces
  • signed, titled and dated Paris 68 on the reverse
  • painted plastic, aluminum and wood construction
  • 39 by 39 in.
  • 100 by 100 cm


Alfredo Boulton, Caracas
Alfredo Jaén, Caracas
Private Collection, Miami


Alfredo Boulton, Historia de la Pintura en Venezuela Tomo III, Época Contemporánea, Caracas, 1972, p. 205, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

Narciso Debourg, a resident of Paris since 1949, was one of the founding members of Los Disidentes. Dissatisfied with the traditionalist aesthetic style promoted in their national education system, this group of young ex-patriot Venezuelan artists (Debourg, Alejandro Otero, Mateo Manaure, Luis Guevarra Moreno, Omar Carreño, etc.), broke away from these formalist aesthetic approaches in their pursuit of a new avant-garde strategy: geometric abstraction.

Debourg has based the entirety of his work on the exploration of rhythmic patterns similar to the progressions of music (an affinity he shared with his close friend Jesús Rafael Soto). In the 1960s as he matured his approach, Debourg exhibited with Josef Albers, Pol Bury, Lygia Clark, Yves Klein, among others, in the 1965 show Soundings Two organized by the London-based SIGNALS Gallery. The present work, Lumière à 4 faces, 1968, is a key example of Debourg’s signature style. Through the use of hollow cylinder structures lined with polished aluminum, their careful and repetitive arrangements create waves of undulating and dancing visual games of lights and shadows.