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The Garden Paintings

March 10 – April 16, 2011

Untitled, 1992, oil on canvas, 48 x 42 inches, 121.9 x 106.7 cm, A/Y#6405
Composition, 1998, oil on canvas, 52 x 42 inches, 132.1 x 106.7 cm, A/Y#6672
Movement, 1998, Oil on canvas, 52 x 42 inches, 132.1 x 106.7 cm, A/Y#6671
Untitled, 1990, Oil on canvas:, 44 x 62 inches, 111.8 x 157.5 cm, A/Y#6351
Garden, 1998, Oil on canvas, 42 x 52 inches, 106.7 x 132.1 cm, A/Y#4742

Press Release

New York, New York – Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Esteban Vicente. The Garden Paintings will open on March 10, 2011 and will remain on view through April 16, 2011.

“Starting over is a property of nature. It is what Vicente himself does in his own garden, when he “discovers” the colors of the flowers and the shades of green.”*

Since he began painting in his home province of Segovia, Spain, Esteban Vicente almost always used color as a way of capturing the quintessence of the place in which he lived and worked. But it was not until moving to America in 1936 that he gradually shifted away from the dark tones often associated with Spain and Spanish painting to a brighter, more vibrant palette. The Garden Paintings, a collection of abstract works from the 90’s, is a testimonial to his late painting and the chemistry of color that was its hallmark. As Vicente entered the final years of his long and accomplished life, he drew inspiration from the ambrosial hues of his garden in Bridgehampton, close at hand and not more than a few steps from his studio door. This exhibition speaks to the way in which Vicente’s formal training and independent creative vision would ultimately come together to inform his painting.

Vicente’s work may be found in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In Spain, his work is included in the Institut Valencià D’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencià; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, a museum established by the Spanish Government in Vicente’s honor in 1998.

*Bozal, Valeriano. The Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004, pp 60.