Constructive City with Universal Man (Ciudad constructiva con hombre universal)

Montevideo, Uruguay
Oil on board
79.9 × 101.5 cm
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In the 1930s the Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres García consolidated a graphic-pictorial language he termed Constructivism, which investigated processes of modernization. This exploration led him from Barcelona, to Paris, and eventually prompted his return to his native Uruguay, where Torres García began citing Indigenous iconography in the context of the local urban landscape. Ciudad constructiva con hombre universal features an alphabet Torres García invented himself and unites Indigenous iconography with a symbolic, yet distinctly modern, approach to landscape.