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Dos figuras
Two figures
Benjamín Palencia
Medium
Ink and mixed charge on paper
Dimensions
Printed area size: 30 × 24 cm
Measures with a framework: 62 × 60 × 4 cm
Inventory
FM000308
Date
1930
1930
Inscripción/Leyenda
Signed, initialled and dated in the lower right corner
Author
Born: Barrax, Albacete, 1894
Died: Madrid, 1980
Drawing
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Descripción

Avant-garde art was not solely urban. The drawings of Benjamín Palencia—like the paintings of fields by Mallorquín artist Joan Junyer, albeit in a different order—sought out common ground between the work of the artist and of the peasant who lived in harmony with the land. This was also the path followed by the Vallecas School, of which Palencia was an important figure.

Despite being an abstract composition, the human figure is inscribed in a way that makes it easily identifiable in this work. It is integrated within the landscape in a similar way to the cave paintings near the eastern coast of Spain which served as a source of inspiration for the artist. Meanwhile, the vertical markings suggest grooves in the land. Palencia incorporated soil, burlap, straw and leaves; anticipating the experiments of artists such as Josep Guinovart who was closely linked to the rural world.

For this work the artist also utilized décollage in an effort to construct negatives of the figures. The use of this technique and the material elements was unusual for the 1930’s which grants Palencia’s work a powerful uniqueness.

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