Esteban Vicente

Esteban Vicente

by Elizabeth Frank
     
 

This magnificent volume by Pulitzer-Prize-winner Frank is the first devoted to the Spanish-born Vicente, one of the few surviving first-generation members of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists. Painting, collage, and drawing from a half-century of constant evolution. Over-size plates capture the luminosity and serenity of his rich palette and elegant

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This magnificent volume by Pulitzer-Prize-winner Frank is the first devoted to the Spanish-born Vicente, one of the few surviving first-generation members of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists. Painting, collage, and drawing from a half-century of constant evolution. Over-size plates capture the luminosity and serenity of his rich palette and elegant compositions.

Editorial Reviews

Donna Seaman
Vicente was part of the postWorld War I movable feast that generated modern art. He traveled from the small Spanish town of his birth to Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris, reaching his final destination, New York, in 1936, where he became one of the first abstract expressionists. He continues to explore this infinitely malleable form with fluency and an organic spirituality. Pulitzer Prize winner Frank summarizes Vicente's life quickly, then embarks on an in-depth analysis of his work. She notes that his early study of sculpture strongly influenced his painting, endowing it with substance no matter how atmospheric it became. Vicente honed his skill at conveying "movement and incident" in his early collages, which are so multidimensional they seem to pop right off their two-dimensional plane. This is due, in part, to the amazing luminosity of his colors; some canvases are so radiant they look like stained glass. In his later works, Vicente's deceptively simple compositions open up more and more, ultimately attaining a sense of floating, of cosmic phenomena, or even music. Frank's insightful commentary is matched by top-notch color reproductions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555950996
Publisher:
Hudson Hills Press
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
11.34(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.89(d)

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