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Virgilio Villalba (Argentinian, b.1925 d. 2009) found himself at the center of a heated debate in 1943. While studying at the Escuela de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Puyerredón, his classmates Alfredo Hlito, Claudio Girola, Tomás Moldonado, and Jorge Britos wrote and distributed their “Manifiesto de cuatro jóvenes.” In this declaration, Villalba’s peers described the antagonism between figurative and non figurative artists and the university’s role in prioritizing traditional, pictorial arts over avant-garde movements. These aesthetic and theoretical discussions, as well as those generated by the turmoil unleashed by World War II, solidified several emerging art trends in Argentina, giving birth to a number of abstract art associations that included Arte Concreto-Invención, of which Villalba became a key member. This group subscribed to Concretism and non-objectivity as a means for eliminating the subjective presence of the “artist’s hand.” Villalba’s 1954 work titled Pintura concreta [Concrete Painting] embodies such notions of Objective Universalism. Here, Villalba, working in monochromatic hues of blue, paints a curved line stretching from the top to the bottom of the canvas, broken and displaced by a horizontal black streak. Just below the line sits a small lone black square in the sea of blue. Villalba worked exclusively in this vein throughout the 1940s and 1950s until his departure for Paris, where his work became figurative and remained as such until his death in 2009.

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This will be Lot #23 in the Live Auction.

Pintura concreta [Concrete Painting], 1954
Lot Number 23
Oil on canvas
26 x 22.438 in (66.04 x 56.99 cm)

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Virgilio Villalba
Pintura concreta [Concrete Painting]
  • Dimensions
    26 x 22.438 in (66.04 x 56.99 cm)