T00482 Planimetry 303 1961
Inscribed on back of canvas 'Vilacasas | planimetria 303. | barcelona 1961 | 100 x 81cms.' and 'base', with an arrow
Oil on canvas, 32 x 39 3/8 (81.5 x 100)
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1962
Exh: Vilacasas, Sala Gaspar, Barcelona, June 1961 (works not listed); Modern Spanish Painting, Tate Gallery, January-February 1962 (84), wrongly dated 1960; Southampton Art Gallery, March 1962 (84); Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, March-April 1962 (84); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, April-May 1962 (84)
Lit: O Figura 2: Vilacasas (Barcelona 1961), n.p.
The artist attributes the map-like character of paintings like this to his having performed his military service in the topographical services of the army, when he was fascinated by the process of map-making. He says that he began in 1957 to make pictures with winding lines of a geographical appearance and called them planimetries.
He added (letter of 16 June 1973) that he painted this series with pigments dissolved in varnish, building up layer upon layer of transparent glazes.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.748, reproduced p.748