Carlos Nadal (1917-1998)
signed 'cNadal' (lower right); signed again, titled and stamped with artist's atelier stamp 'Interior/cNadal' (on the reverse) and stamped again with artist's atelier stamp (to the stretcher)
acrylic on canvas
27 x 41.1cm (10 5/8 x 16 3/16in).
- This work is sold with a letter of authenticity from Le Comité Nadal, dated 20/2/12.
Despite the tumultuous times in which he lived, Carlos Nadal's work continually expresses an optimistic sense of wellbeing and joie de vivre. Although close friends with contemporaries such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Oscar Dominguez, Nadal was never tempted to stray too far into abstraction, instead remaining faithful to representation and his Fauvist influences.
Described as 'the last wild expressionist of Spain' (J. Duncalfe, 'Carlos Nadal: Obituary' in The Independent, 20 June 1998), the artist's exuberant use of colour is illustrated in the following lots, which also exemplify the wide range of subjects he painted, from salons paying homage to the work of his contemporaries, to sun-drenched Mediterranean ports, vibrant cityscapes and rolling county vistas.
Nadal contrasts calligraphic ink outlines against backgrounds composed of broad sweeps of the joyous colours which suffused his oeuvre:
'His delight was in colour, which combined with a passionate temperament to create a forceful vehicle through which to express his own pleasure of being in the world, the joys of seeing, the world as spectacle and a magic palace of creation.' (Dr. H. Draper, quoted in J. Duncalfe, Carlos Nadal 1917-1998, An English Perspective, Harrogate, 2010, p.10).
Impressionist and Modern Art
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