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Portrait of Alberto

  • Benjamín Palencia. 'Portrait of Alberto'. Albacete Provincial Museum © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Benjamín Palencia. 'Portrait of Alberto'. Albacete Provincial Museum © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1932

Original title

Retrato de Alberto
Albacete Museum
Albacete
Albacete, Castile-La Mancha
Albacete

This is a key work of the School of Vallecas and the Spanish avant-garde of the pre-war period.

Various schematised faces of the sculptor Alberto Sánchez are depicted using lines on a terracotta background. The method he uses here recalls the primitivism of tribal masks, schematicism, Cubist decomposition and Surrealism: the avant-garde represented by Alberto Sánchez. This work is therefore also reminiscent of Picasso and Dalí. The importance of the palette knife technique and texture is evident, as well as the collage formed by dry leaves in the upper part of the work.

Some of his works from this period, including “Portrait of Alberto”, were exhibited in the Pierre Gallery in Paris, where they were highly acclaimed by both the public and critics.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
Height = 91.5 cm; Width = 65 cm

Technique
Mixed

Material
Canvas

  

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