Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 174 - 19 October 2019

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 327

Miguel Ortiz Berrocal (Spain / 1933 - 2006)
Torso Benarrabá (Opus 61) (1962)


€ 50 000 - 70 000

The sculpture rests on a base or stand that can be adjusted to the closed or open configuration. The title of the sculpture "Benarrabá" refers to a town in the province of Málaga (Andalusia).
To the viewer, the artwork in closed or open configuration may seem an abstract sculpture nevertheless, the title "Torso Benarrabá" suggests the sculpture represents a torso so a figurative work of art. The artist has classified this sculpture as a male torso including it under the theme TORSOS in his Chronological General Catalogue of sculptures.

"Berrocal. Exposition de sculptures" Gal. Kriegel, Paris 1962
"Cimaise" Art et architceture actuels, present day art and architecture, Paris 1962, p. 80 reprod.
"Berrocal" Annette Michelson, Gal. Kriegel, Paris 1962, exhibition cat., reprod.
"Berrocal" Denys Chevalier, Gal. Kriegel, Paris 1965, reprod.
"La Sculpture de Berrocal" Giuseppe Marchiori, La Connaissance, Brussels 1973, p. 52 reprod.
"Berrocal Catalogo General / Obras Recientes 1974" Miguel Berrocal, 1974, p. 68 reprod.
"Antologica Berrocal (1955-1984)" Ministero de Cultura, Madrid 1984, exhibition cat., p. 118 and p. 439 reprod.
"Retrospective Berrocal (1955-1985)" Centre Culturel de la Communauté Française Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels 1985, p. 26 reprod.
"Berrocal. 25 Ans de Sculptures editées 1964-1989" Miguel Berrocal, Artcurial, Paris 1989, p. 24 reprod.
"Berrocal" Jean Louis Ferrier, Éd. de la Différence, 1989, p. 129 reprod.

We would like to thank the Berrocal Foundation for their assistence with the cataloging of this lot.
coll. Louis Bogaerts, Brussels ca. 1965-1995

For the majority of his iconographic works, Berrocal chose themes from the classical antiquity without losing sight of other sources of inspiration. His topics are male torsos, women figures, heads and portraits. In general it's about the stylized, reconstructed, maimed parts of the human body. These anthropomorphic themes are apt to the most imaginative metamorphoses and have been a source of infinitive variation in art for thousands of years through the ages and for all art forms. If one studies objectively the artistic evolution of torsos, one can determine that after early baroque, during which the physical appearance is in contrast with the inner complexity and the abstraction, follows a more anatomical morphology "in which the organization of structures tend more towards the essence, the joints become more functional and the technical performances of the composition are concentrated on organic tensions" (Jean Dypréau, Brussels, 1983).
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