Object with Number 1

A work made of oil and nails on wood.

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  • A work made of oil and nails on wood.

Date:

1932

Artist:

Joaquín Torres-Garcia
Uruguayan, 1874–1949

About this artwork

Joaquín Torres-García is a critical figure in the history of modern Latin American art, celebrated for his introduction of Constructivist aesthetics as a natural, indigenous language. Despite this, the artist fostered an equally important career in Europe. In 1926 he settled in Paris, where he formulated the key principles of what he called Constructive Universalism. His maderas (wood pieces) ran counter to the prevailing notions of sculpture as well as abstraction at the time but played an important role in his work. Object with Number 1 suggests both an architectural and human form; indeed, the number 1 painted at the top reflects his theories about the unity of the individual and the cosmos.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 391

Artist

Joaquín Torres Garcia

Title

Object with Number 1

Origin

Uruguay

Date

1932

Medium

Oil and nails on wood

Dimensions

47 x 22.5 x 9.2 cm (18 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 3 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of The Charles H. and Mary F.S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

2013.1095

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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