Juan Carlos Savater
Spain, 1953
Juan Carlos Savater is a singular figure in Spanish art. Strongly drawn to mysticism, his artistic and literary activity has always rested on a solid spiritual foundation and is driven by his personal beliefs. His work follows in the humanist tradition of artists like Caspar David Friedrich, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Stanley Spencer, for whom the artist has always expressed admiration. Lázaro, which makes reference to the biblical figure of Lazarus, was completed in 1987, the same year Savater took part in the São Paulo Bienal and the exhibition Dinamiques et interrogations, held at ARC in Paris These events paved the way for his emergence on the international scene. The piece is a magnificent example of the first decade of his work, which was characterised by a strict focus on landscape and a style that combined romantic thinking and symbolism. The artist’s blending of these elements yields not general views or panoramas, but rather fragments akin to close-up images of a metaphysical vision. Notable features are his simultaneous use of two types of brushstroke, one very fine and vibratile; the other a broad, sumptuous line that forms what one might call the ‘abstract’ body of the painting.
Mariano Navarro