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Blanca
  • Artist Antonio Saura (Spanish, 1930 - 1998)
  • TitleBlanca
  • Dating 1956
  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions130 x 97 cm
  • AcquisitionPurchase, 1959
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 1547
  • Rights and ReproductionSuccession Antonio Saura/www.antoniosaura.org /VEGAP//BUS 2015©
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
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Antonio Saura, born in Huesca in north-eastern Spain, began painting and writing in 1947, by which time tuberculosis had already forced him to be bedridden for five years. Initially, he created a surreal, fantasy landscape with a soft finish. In the 1950s, Saura lived in Paris in two rounds. He joined in the Surrealists’ activities, but soon distanced himself from them and instead struck up a friendship with the abstract painter Simon Hantaï. Saura developed a colourful abstract style with organic forms, conjured up with broad brushstrokes and scraping. From the mid-1950s, he began working with the motifs that would absorb him for the rest of his life: female nudes, portraits, crowds, and crucifixion scenes.

Dating from this time is Blanca, a painting entirely in black and white, made up of a series of narrow or broad brushstrokes that curve in different directions and are rhythmically grouped across the canvas. The brushstrokes, which seem quick, sketch a diffuse female figure with emphasized breasts—‘Blanca’ means white, but can also be a female name. Parts of the background have been painted black, while elsewhere the canvas is left bare. The figure appears to be about to dissolve or explode, ecstatically dancing or simply standing still in the midst of the whirlwind of existence.

Kristoffer Arvidsson from The Collection Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg 2014