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Curved Plane / Figure XI
1995
Acrylic and black pencil on canvas
Dimensions: 274.5 x 550 cm
Reference: ACF0038
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In the mid seventies all the elements that were to define Mangold's work over the next two decades appeared. As he himself has said, this is: "1. A form or curved container; 2. An interior figure, drawn; 3. A colour surface, generally applied with a roller; and, 4. The frequent use of multiple panels to structure the work." Those are indeed the elements that make up the work Curved Plane - Figure XI, the last of a large format series he did between 1994 and 1995 with halves or sections of circles, ellipses drawn with black graphite and flat colours on each of the panels that make it up. From the series "Ellipse - Frame", which he painted between 1987 and 1989, the figure of the ellipse became a constant in his work, with different developments. In the title of this work from the Collection -which, like all the author's, is a precise description- the separation between the curved plane and the figure indicates the opposition between the flat painted surface and the illusion of depth generated by the drawings of the ellipses which he places between the different coloured panels, as if there were no separation. Lastly the illusion of painting itself which he avoided for so long has become his most brilliant resource. Indeed, with the series "Curved Plane - Figure" he has taken new risks, which gave rise to a greater expressive complexity. If in earlier works the ellipse functioned as a constructive element, here it is freed of any structural subjection and activates figurative and decorative associations. Furthermore, with this last work in the series, he evokes the aura of Renaissance fresco painting through the architectural connotations of the semicircular contour of the upper part of the work and the specific treatment of the surface based on superimpositions of layers of colour in different tones. Lastly, he rediscovers the essence of painting for us by referring us to aesthetic values of beauty and monumentality and poses a question about the timelessness of art and the continued relevance of painting.

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