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Untitled

ca. 1960 Alberto Valdés Born: El Paso, Texas 1918 Died: Los Angeles, California 1998 acrylic on paper 10 x 13 in. (25.4 x 33.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of David and Susan Valdés 2013.46.1 Not currently on view


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Valdés’s paintings from the early 1960s fuse interests in European modernism, and indigenous and modern Mexican art. The palette and forms of this untitled painting resemble the patchwork compositions of French artist Sonia Delaunay and the muted, earthy canvases of Mexican painters Rufino Tamayo and Ricardo Martínez. Untitled (about 1965) recalls Paul Klee’s paintings where line drawings appear against varied fields of color. The delicate drawing that animates Valdés’s creation brings to mind the intricate line patterns of sculptural reliefs found on Mesoamerican architectural structures.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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