Sergio de Castro (1922-2012)
Gouache on Paper laid down on Board. In a modern Frame. Glazed. Signed (lower left) and dated 1960. Further inscribed at verso 'Castro 1960' H: 37 x w: 45 cm / h: 14.5 x w: 17.75 in.
LITERATURE: Matthiesen Gallery Paintings by Sergio de Castro, London, 1958; Denys Sutton - Catalogue of the Exhibition "Sergio de Castro, Landscape of light", Gallery Wildenstein, London, 1972; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Lô - Catalogue of the Exhibition "Sergio de Castro 60 ans de création 1944-2004' Saint-Lô 2006.
PROVENANCE: The Matthiesen Gallery Inventory No. MN 458/47
Born in 1922 in Buenos Aires, Sergio de Castro began his artistic education with Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), studying music and composition. He was also influenced by Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949), founder of the movement “circles and squares”. In 1949, Sergio de Castro moved to Paris and founded the workshop where he worked until his late years.
Dedicating his career to painting and monumental art, he found his inspiration in his Mediterranean journeys. In 1981, his stained glass works of the Prophets in the Collegiate Church Notre-Dame de Romont in Switzerland distinguished him as one of the most important contemporary artists in the art of stained glass. He continued to exhibit extensively throughout the world. His bequest of 220 works of art in 2006 to the Museum of Fine Arts of Saint-Lô France, accompanied by the exhibition catalogue Sergio de Castro 60 ans de création 1944-2004' Saint-Lô 2006 marked the pinnacle of his career as one of the most XX century distinguished artist and philanthropist.
In the catalogue of the Exhibition "Sergio de Castro, Landscape of light", published in 1972, the noted art critic Denys Sutton (1917-1991) wrote:
"Sergio de Castro's paintings are not brash posters inviting us to delectable spots but works of art constructed with deliberation. Each portion in his composition is carefully related to the other; these rest for their logic on conjunctions of tone and handling. The effects are secured by a sensitivity of touch which gives life and brilliance to form, which emerges from the colour. Landscape, still-life, figure-painting and the design of stained- glass are among the most distinguished works of his 1950s period. However he is at his most authoritative in the representation of his studio (those low-toned canvases enlivened by dashes of red) which is a theme that has much appealed to him. There is nothing casual about such pictures: they translate his perceptions about light into works of art that repose for their appeal on the permanent values of painting. Castro is an experimenter who believed in the necessity of tradition".
A picture by Sergio de Castro at auction thorough Sotheby's in 2006 in Paris (Sale 5322 Lot 246 L'Atelier) fetched $14,914.