Lot 291
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OLGA DE AMARAL | Alquimia 81

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Olga de Amaral
  • Alquimia 81
  • signed, titled and dated 1982 on the reverse
  • gesso and gold leaf on linen
  • 67 by 51 1/2 in. 170 by 131 cm.


Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist in 1992) 
Bonhams, New York, 15 November 2016, Lot 23
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Matthew Drutt, Edward Lucie-Smith, Juan Carlos Moyano Ortiz, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Twylene Moyer, Jacques Leenhardt, Agnès Monplaisir, Olga de Amaral and Diego Amaral, Olga de Amaral: The Mantle of Memory, Paris, 2013, no. OA0660

Catalogue Note

"In a figurative sense, the universe is a tapestry. A true tapestry, a work of art, is a miniature universe. Perhaps because of this, weaving for Olga de Amaral is a search for the intangible, for that which cannot be expressed in words but is present in art...She has enriched tapestry's eloquence from perspectives that emphasize the poetry of form, the strength of texture, the abstractions of life, what the retina perceives and the senses transform, what the mind conceives and deft hands execute: artistic intuition, alchemy that purifies creation. She weaves as an expression of life."  Juan Carlos Moyano Ortiz, Olga de Amaral: The Mantle of Memory, Paris, 2013, p. 21