Cuadrados y rectángulos
Cuardrados y Rectángulos

Artist name

Artist year born

1902

Artist year deceased

1985

Artwork make date

1976

Artwork title translation

Squares and Rectangles

Artwork material

acrylic
paper

Artwork dimensions

height: 50cm
width: 50cm

Artwork type (categories)

Painting

Accession method

Donated by María Freire 1994

Accession number

11:2-1994

Label text

In this painting on paper from Costigliolo's Cuadrados y rectángulos series the geometric rectilinear shapes are mainly black against a brightly coloured background. It was during the 1970s that Costigliolo inverted his earlier process, inspired by seeing French stained glass, of depicting coloured shapes against black to black shapes against a coloured background. This inversion, along with the inclusion of two hollow rectilinear forms creates an ambiguity for the viewer as to which blocks of colour are objects and which are the background. This conundrum contributes to instability in the space or depth suggested in the painting resulting in fluctuations in perception as the viewer's eye scans the surface.

Last updated date

2008