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Antonio Seguí
DE CÓMO LOS NERVIOS SALTAN A LA VISTA
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
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589
Antonio Seguí
DE CÓMO LOS NERVIOS SALTAN A LA VISTA
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Antonio Seguí
B. 1934
DE CÓMO LOS NERVIOS SALTAN A LA VISTA
signed and dated 90
oil and collage on canvas
59 3/4 by 141 5/8 in. 152 by 360 cm.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Paris
Cornette de Saint-Cyr, Paris, 18 June 2007, Lot 59
Galerie Delorme, Paris
Private Collection, Germany 
Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, 28 November 2015, Lot 612
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; Córdoba, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo; Mar del Plata, Teatro Auditorium; Montevideo, Museo Nacional de Artes Plásticas y Visuales, Antonio Seguí: Exposición retrospectiva 1958-1990, August 1991 - January 1992, cat. no. 107, p. 138, illustrated 

Literature

Carlos Espartaco Klitenik, Arte y Discurso, Buenos Aires 1993, p. 54, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Argentine-born artist Antonio Seguí began painting from a young age, immersed in the rich Modernist traditions of his native country. In 1951, he traveled for the first time to France to study painting and sculpture; after a brief return to Buenos Aires, he settled permanently in Paris in 1963. From then, his career flourished in Europe, Latin America and the United States; in 2008, he was made an Officier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres in France, and his work is now held in museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, the Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and many more. 

Seguí’s work evades easy classification; he draws from a deep pool of influences ranging from Argentina’s own traditions of Modernism and Surrealism to Cubism, Mexican Muralism and Neue Sachlikeit (German New Realism). The present work, De cómo los nervios saltan a la vista (How nerves jump into view) is an emblematic example of Seguí’s signature style. A densely populated sea of patchwork figures dart across the canvas, scurrying in and out of buildings, smoking cigarettes, dancing around one another in an intricate urban ballet. Seguí flattens the pictorial plane and distorts the scale of the city such that figures and buildings are the same size, and although they crowd the composition, none seem to acknowledge or even be aware of one another as they bustle about their business. Here, Seguí’s flat planar space reflects the influence of Fernand Léger, while his labyrinthine composition evokes both Argentine Surrealist Alejandro Xul Solar and Paul Klee. In the oblivious, often humorous actions of these figures, Seguí also creates a sardonic atmosphere, commenting lightly on the social isolation and pervasive loneliness of urban life, a tradition that can be traced to George Grosz’s depictions of daily life in interwar Berlin. De cómo los nervios saltan a la vista belongs to the artist’s first series to incorporate collage; the added textural and patterning variation contributes to the overall intensity and graphic power of this outstanding composition. 

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