Lot 9
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Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919-1999)

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Oswaldo Guayasamín
  • El Descendimiento
  • signed lower left 
  • oil on canvas mounted on board
  • 52 3/8 by 37 3/4 in.
  • 133 by 96 cm
  • Painted in 1962.


Acquired from the artist

Catalogue Note

The names Orozco, Rivera, Portinari, Tamayo, and Guayasamín form the Andean spine of this continent. High and plentiful, tense and made of iron. At times they crash down like landslides, at others they remain naturally elevated. They are united by a geography of land and blood, and by their profound indigeneity.

Alone out of many, Guayasamín confronts in his work the Final Judgment, a task we had demanded of those solitary artists of the Renaissance. Few painters from our America have been as powerful as this unflinching Ecuadorean. He has the mark of strength; he is a host to all races; he makes appointments with storms, violence, and ambiguity; and patiently, before our very eyes, he transforms all this into light.

Approaching Guayasamín by Pablo Neruda
Isla Negra, Chile, 1969