EMILIO RODRIGUEZ LARRAIN

(Peruvian, 1928-2015)

L'Homme C'est Sujet à Errer

(MAN TENDS TO WANDER)

Mixed Media on Paper laid down on Fiber Board

67 x 91 Inches

Signed Lower Right, "E.R. Larrain" and Inscribed, "Roma, Nov 1963, Enero 1964"

Exhibited: XXXII Venice Biennale (exhibition label, verso)

Pen and wash self-portrait, verso

Previously with Staempfli Galleries, New York

This painting is registered in the Archives of American Art as 'Staempfli Gallery, inventory #775' and is the largest recorded work by the artist.

 

A very substantial, mid-century abstract by this ground-breaking Peruvian Modernist whose works are held in numerous national museums including in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

 

Emilio Rodríguez Larraín attended the Lima School of Engineers (1945-1949) and held his first solo exhibition in Lima after visiting Europe in 1950. In 1951, he returned to Europe in the company of the artists Alfredo Ruiz Rosas and Joaquín Roca Rey. In 1956, he moved to Paris where he painted and exhibited for many years including at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles (1957) and the Salon de Mai (1969). He also exhibited throughout Europe including in Madrid, Berlin, Copenhagen, Florence, Milan and, in Rome, at the Italo-Latin American Institute (1970) and, twice, at the Venice Biennale. In 2016, the Lima Art Museum held a retrospective of his work, lauding him as "an important avant-garde sculptor, architect and painter who knew how to adapt to the artistic changes of the time and who played a very important role in the visual arts of Peru."

 

In their listing for Emilio Rodríguez Larraín, Benezit notes that his "paintings constitute a curious synthesis between a futuristic architectural construction that connects it to the tradition of geometric abstraction and a certain sharpness, happily colorful, that comes from Pop Art."

 

The painting is accompanied by a first-edition copy of 'Rodríguez Larraín', the exhibition catalogue for the artist's 1963 exhibition at Milan's Galleria Lorenzelli.

 

Framed in a strip-wood oak frame. Framed dimensions: 68 x 3 x 92 Inches

 

Reference:

E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Jacques Busse, 1999 Nouvelle Édition, Gründ 1911, Vol. 11, p. 817; et al.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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