Rostre
Face
1963
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In the paintings of Josep M. de Sucre, portraits of distressed characters are the main subject. These men and women are portrayed with obsessive faces and hallucinating eyes that suggest intensely existential inner universes. With an Expressionist air and a certain primitivism suggestive of Fauvism, they are closely linked to the world of the Russian painter Alexej von Jawlensky or to Paul Klee, whom de Sucre admired. With a broad brushstroke and a use of colour often close to tenebrism, his characters condense much of the pain associated with the twentieth century. His technical simplicity (he generally used wax crayon on small format paper) and his obsessive character (he repeats faces and eyes, while the majority of his portraits are full-frontal) merge with the Expressionist and dramatic character. While in some works the grotesque element comes close to caricature, in his painting de Sucre explores the subconscious in an unremitting search for the truth. Like other creators with whom he established a close complicity, such as the painter Rafael Barradas and the poet Joan Salvat-Papasseit, he felt a need for moral depth. In a 1955 article on the work of Àngel Ferrant, published in the magazine Inquietud, de Sucre wrote: ‘What is art but a means of sharing our inner life?’

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original title
Rostre
year of acquisition
1997
type of object
Painting
dimensions
61x48
Copyright
© Josep Maria de Sucre
registration number
R.1046
date
1963
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Dipòsit de la Generalitat de Catalunya
media
Aniline and gouache on paper
credits
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. National Collection of Art
original title
Rostre
registration number
R.1046
date
1963
year of acquisition
1997
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Dipòsit de la Generalitat de Catalunya
type of object
Painting
media
Aniline and gouache on paper
dimensions
61x48
credits
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. National Collection of Art
Copyright
© Josep Maria de Sucre
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