Soft pencil on paper drawing of two dray or parade horses, the drawing float mounted, 7 1/2" by 4 3/4" (16 1/2" by 13 1/2" framed), signed at botton in blue ink by the noted Uruguayan artist of Spanish descent, AUGUSTO TORRES GARCIA. The son of the important Uruguayan painter Joaquin Torres Garcia (1874-1949), Augusto would doubtless have had to work very hard to escape the large shadow of his talented father. As a young man, the family moved around, including a short period in New York, then Italy, then Paris, then Madrid. In each city he absorbed a lot of information that would later be of use to him. In Italy he saw frescoes; in Paris, he met Jean Helion who introduced him to African artifacts and anthropology. Other artists he met included the likes of Julio Gonzalez, Theo Van Doesburg, Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, Jacques Lipchitz, and Gino Severini. In all cities, including Madrid, the young man was drawn to the major museums, thereby increasing his exposure to art history. Finally, still in his twenties, the family permanently settled in Montevideo, Uruguay, where his father founded the Association of Constructive Art and the Taller Torres Garcia. After his influential father's death in 1949, the still young Augusto blossomed, in the second half of the century, participating in Biennale's and exhibitions in Montevideo, New York, Sao Paulo, Venice, Madrid, and Barcelona. Many museums now hold his work, and auction records in recent years indicate a growing demand for his paintings, many exceeding $25,000 in these sales. This pencil drawing was offered in an October 1998 sale at the Butterfield and Butterfield auction house in San Francisco. The original labels from that sale remain on the backing. The piece was framed in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara. Condition is excellent.
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