Joaquín Torres-García

Arte constructivo

1938

Sorry, no image available

Not on display
Artist
Joaquín Torres-García 1874–1949
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Image: 97 x 134 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2015
Reference
T14688

Display caption

Torres-García fused constructivist elements and symbols drawn from South American culture to create a hybrid modernism that was also rooted in Pre-Columbian identity. He developed the grid structure during his years in Europe, where he lived between 1922 and 1934, however the content here is distinctively Latin American. In the centre of the top row is a sun symbolising Inti, the Incan sun god; in the lower area of the composition to the left is a stepped pyramid, symbolising the architecture of Pre-Columbian civilizations and to the right a simplified face representing the mother-earth goddess Pachamama.

Gallery label, November 2015

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.

You might like