Still Life

Luis Seoane. Oil on canvas. 1969.

Years before he had made this still life, Seoane had begun a suggestive refinement of forms in his compositions. Here, the lines limit the drawing to a fundamental sketch. As a result of this, the color is cut off from the form and it acquires a prominent role. They are colors of flat surfaces without shades or contrasts. The range of colors is reduced to four, arranged in planes, and used as elements of seduction. There is no depth in the composition and the figures are synthesized and empty of narrative content–what is desired to reflect pure aesthetics. The harmony of the composition is mysteriously suggestive. Everything appears simple and yet, the abstract process is complex. The texture of the brush stroke is thin, smooth and with clean lines.

Translated from Fundación María José Jove.

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