DescriptionBROR ALEXANDER UTTER (American, 1913-1993)
Mission Series, 1965
Oil on canvas
28 x 30 inches (71.1 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Bror Utter / '65
Throughout the 1960s, Bror Utter continued his frequent travels. He often stayed at the vacation homes of Fort Worth friends and patrons. Two of the places he visited regularly were Italy and Mexico. He painted many cityscapes, ruins, landscapes, and architectural features, most of which were sketched on-site and painted after his return to Texas. The oddly muted oranges, teal greens, and yellows, with gorgeous hints of lavender misting in the gray sky and accenting the mission are absolutely stunning. As always, his incredible skill combining unusual contrasting colors gives the palette his signature Surrealist mood. Another characteristic of this artwork is the use of line to create a decorative affect; the abstract patterns that resemble cracks unify the formal elements of the composition. Throughout his career, Bror maintained a fascination with arches and niches. It is no surprise that Colonial Mexican missions, with their domes and arched windows, would be highly appealing subjects. Mission Series, 1965 is one of the largest and best examples of his Mexican mission scenes.
Very good condition.
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