Jesús Rafael Soto

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Jesús Rafael Soto, 1923-2005

SotoMagie. Soto Magic

1967

Colour screenprint on two-layer perspex with chrome spacers. 1967. Signed by Soto on the  label on the reverse, as issued. Also numbered from the edition of 100 and fully titled on the label. Issued by Editions Denise René, Paris 1967.

 

A superb example of Soto’s kinetic creations and in exceptionally fresh unscratched condition.

Note: Jésus Raphael Soto was born in Venezuela in 1923. His earliest work in Venezuela drew on the images of Braque in his cubist period and constructivist compositions by Malevich, both seen through reproductions. He was immediately interested in their de-materialisation of pictorial space – space separated from pictorial representation. This interest grew to be the focal point of his art and, alongside Carlos Cruz-Diez who had similar ideas, he decided to travel to Paris at the beginning of the 1950’s.

Soto’s focus on the abstraction of his ideas in a manner which was coming to be called ‘Op’ and ‘Kinetic’ brought him to get in contact with the great dealer-protagonist of this movement Denise René. It was with her support, and his association with her protégés, such as Vasarely, that he became one of the most brilliant and inventive artists of this circle. His 1960’s kinetic constructions, with their visual generation of spatial movement, are masterworks of this genre.

 

Superb example in outstandingly fine condition. Dimensions: 340 (h) x 340 (w) x 190 (d) mm.

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