Lucio (Lucio Muñoz)
T00476 Panel 21
Inscribed 'LUCIO 59' b.r. and 'LUCIO MUÑOZ | 1959 | "Tabla 21" | 109 x 70' on the back
Oil on panel, 27 1/2 x 42 7/8 (70 x 109)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1962
Prov: With Arthur Tooth and Sons, London (purchased from the artist); CAS 1960
Exh: La Nueva Pintura de España, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, January-February 1960 (16) as 'Pintura No. 21'; CAS Recent Acquisitions, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, September 1961 (46)
The artist explained in a letter of 9 May 1969 that the title means that this was his 21st work made in 1959.
'At that period my work was entirely non-figurative. Nevertheless it was, as always, substantially founded upon reality (at least this was my aim) though without any formal objective representation. It was my intention to create new beings, objects, landscapes, situations just as real as those which exist, but "new" "my own".'
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.458, reproduced p.458