This is an amazing work for all those who only know the Basque sculptorEduardo Chillidafor his most emblematic creations. This artist is one of the great sculptors of the international artistic scene of the second half of the 20th century thanks to his monumental creations that he places outdoors, often based on metallic materials, as is the case of the San Sebastián Wind Comb, and other times experimenting with a material much more typical of architecture, engineering and civil engineering, such as concrete, which he used in great works such as the Lugar de Encuentros or his Praise to the Horizon on the coast of the Asturian city of Gijón.
Chillida's Abesti Gogora IV
However, Chillida not only made works of enormous and monumental formats, working with iron, steel or concrete. He also has works in stone and wood like this one belonging to theseries Abesti Gogora(Towards the top, in Basque) and which is number four in that series
This is a creation he made between 1960 and 1966, and it's on display in a really fascinating museum. The Museum of Abstract Art of Cuenca, a small Spanish town in the region of Castilla La Mancha that houses an incredible collection of Spanish artists from theabstraction, and not just sculptors like Eduardo Chillida, especiallypainters such as Antonio Saura, Manolo Millares, Antoni Tapiés or Rafael Canogar.
But back to the work of Chillida. We are facing a sculpture that according to himself said is a song to cosmic energy, for which he resorts to being inspired by the most rural tools and traditions, thus uniting the artisanal work of carving wood, with the similar work that in other occasions he made with iron and stone.
In reality, wood is the quintessential material used by Basque creators, since it is a very typical tradition of the area, which allowed the most modern to relate to their rural ancestors. Hence, in works such as these, Chillida is able to combine the appearance of a very rural carving with shapes that evokecubist art, especially because of the way in which he overlaps the very geometric volumes of the work. But thatCubismat the same time makes him organic, as he forgoes sharp, sharp edges, opting instead to round them