Eduardo Chillida

Eduardo Chillida
Del horizonte, 1956
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Eduardo Chillida
Del horizonte, 1956

From the Horizon
Wrought iron, 66.5 x 22 x 32 cm
Photo: Peter Schibli, Basel

The abstract metal sculptures by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida often exhibit a strong connection with natural phenomena; his famous Wind Combs installed on the coast near San Sebastián are just one example. An allusion to nature emerges from the title of the present work, ‘From the horizon’. The artist was conscious of the elementary forces of fire and heat, which can combine to produce such a sculpture. In the present work, Chillida seems to be concerned with seizing and circumscribing space, and with the infinite multiplicity of views that characterize the nature of a three-dimensional sculpture in contrast to a two-dimensional picture. The work is essentially a sculpture about the nature of sculpture, and that, too, gives the work its great unity and expressive force.

Eduardo Chillida

1924, San Sebastian – 2002, San Sebastian

Having trained as a blacksmith in Paris, the Spanish-born sculptor and printmaker began his artistic career by making small, delicate objects. From 1956 onwards his iron sculptures became increasingly abstract and monumental. Like his works in marble and alabaster, as well as his drawings and collages, these sculptures were primarily concerned with space and its mutability by means of uniform, homogeneous materiality. Together with Richard Serra, Chillida is considered one of the most important exponents of abstract metal sculpture.

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