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Author: Agustín Ibarrola (Basauri, Vizcaya, 1930)
Title: Untitled
Year: 2009
Technique: oil on canvas
Size: 200 x 350 cm

“I prefer large formats because they allow for greater tensions and challenges”, Ibarrola said at some point. These tensions seem to be present in this canvas measuring 200 x 350 cm, in which two brown shapes occupy the majority of the surface, with the exception of the margins and a central interstice featuring the characteristic play between opposing spatial concepts, such as concave/convex and full/empty, so characteristic of his works. The colour, applied in broad brushstrokes as the artist usually does, seems to refer to the soil, most likely Basque soil, as in lurras by Eduardo Chillida, of which it is somewhat reminiscent. Drawing is also crucial, used here as a structural underpinning and defined by the thick outlines, both concave and convex, where the blotches of colour face each other in the central zone.

This work was acquired by the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson in January 2020.