NATHAN OLIVEIRA (1928-2010) Yucatan Sequence (Figure 2), 1982

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Lot 47
NATHAN OLIVEIRA
(1928-2010)
Yucatan Sequence (Figure 2), 1982

Sold for US$ 50,312 inc. premium
NATHAN OLIVEIRA (1928-2010)
Yucatan Sequence (Figure 2), 1982

signed 'Oliveira 82' (lower right)
oil on canvas

84 x 66 1/2 in.
213.4 x 168.9 cm.

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  • Provenance
    Charles Cowles Gallery, New York
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner



    "I rather believe in an art that layers time upon time, an art that simply reaffirms our presence and the depth of our existence on this earth, our planet in the universe." - Nathan Oliveira


    A prominent member of the Bay Area Figurative movement, Nathan Oliveira is particularly celebrated for his gestural figural forms. An expert in his material, Oliveira's solitary and archetypal figures are emotionally poignant and visually gripping.


    Yucatan Sequence is a superior demonstration of Oliveira's ability to depict the variable nature of light. The brilliance of the colors and their application in the present painting imbues the work with a glow that extends beyond the palpable and into the spiritual, making way for the solitary human form to resonate beyond its corporality. The primary figure emerges through rich swaths of orange and red paint, which range in texture from translucent veils to robust impasto to achieve this effect. As Oliveira poetically articulates, "Figures must have their own light, it wasn't light that struck the figure in a certain way- the light itself, the luminosity was in the figure. It emanated from the paint itself."


    Nathan Oliveira was a tenured professor at Standford University from 1964 to 1996 when he retired. The youngest painter included in the seminal exhibition, New Images of Man, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Oliveira has had multiple career survey exhibitions. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Tate London; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
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