DescriptionNICOLÁS GARCÍA URIBURU
(Argentinean, b. 1937)
Oil on masonite
17-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches (45.1 x 34.9 cm)
Argentine Nicholás García Uriburu specializes in stylized nature paintings and "land art." His interest in plant and animal forms dates from a trip he took to Peru during the early 1960s. The subsequent paintings from his Ombú series feature a dominant tree, built up with textural layers of paint, superimposed upon a blue pampas landscape. In 1965, Uriburu's focus shifted when he moved to Paris, and for the next fifteen years, he produced Pop art portraits of family members and historical figures, such as Marie Antoinette, the Comtesse Barry, and Madame de Pompadour. Well received, this series earned him the coveted Le Franc prize. The late 1960s Conceptual art wave in Europe moved Uriburu to explore the theme of nature preservation. At the 1968 Venice Biennale, he colored the Venice Grand Canal a luminescent green, using a fluorescent sodium dye, and he has repeated this "land art" statement in the East River in New York, the Seine in Paris, and the Río de la Plata in Argentina. Uriburu continues to emphasize the color green in his paintings, body art, and earthworks, considering it a talisman against the destruction of the environment.
Overall very good condition: very faint abrasion to varnish layer in upper right quadrant and along lower center edge.
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