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Retrat amb cabell lila, 1960

Portrait with Lilac Hair, 1960
Painting, 64x49

Josep Maria de Sucre is largely remembered for his portraits of disturbed and disturbing characters. His men and women have obsessive faces, with hallucinated eyes that suggest inner universes of great existential intensity. Indebted to Expressionism, and to a certain extent Primitivism, his works evoke an association with the world of Paul Klee, whom Sucre admired. Executed with broad brushstrokes and an almost tenebrist use of colour and tonal contrast, Sucre’s characters condense much of the pain associated with the twentieth century.

Technical details

Original title:
Retrat amb cabell lila
Registration number:
Sucre, Josep Maria de
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
Object type:
Edition number:
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. National Collection of Art. Formerly Salvador Riera Collection
© Josep Maria de Sucre
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By presenting a story of a victim of violence in Colombia, I am calling on the memory of pain which all human beings have, here or anywhere else in the world.
Doris Salcedo