Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern

*Grafisme constructif (Constructive graphics)*

Joaquín Torres-García. Grafisme constructif (Constructive graphics). 1931

Joaquín Torres-García. Grafisme constructif (Constructive graphics). 1931. Tempera on wood, 61 7/16 × 19 11⁄16″ (156 × 50 cm). Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. © Sucesión Joaquín Torres-García, Montevideo 2015

Narrator: Constructive Graphics completed in 1931, features an architectural structure at the bottom. The rectangular composition contains pictograms that Torres-García used throughout his work, like the female and male figures, the heart, hands, and numbers and letters.

Luis Perez-Oramas: _Grafisme constructif _ represent a body. A body within bodies. A body made of multiple bodies. And it is a perfect example of this grid that he will maintain as the base of his signature compositions. However, the fact that it is done on wood, the nakedness, the simplicity, the schematic appearance of this work, makes it one of the major representation of his very peak moment in creation around 1931.

Narrator: This work also reflects Torres-García’s belief that modern art was informed by the art of indigenous cultures as well as the artistic developments of the present moment.

Luis Perez-Oramas: He would collect images of works by all these different civilizations and times, and they definitely inform his work.

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