Friedrich Froebel

Jose Maria Iglesias

a painter who has realized more than thirty individual exhibitions and a hundred collective exhibitions,

Poet, painter, and graphics designer, Jose Maria Iglesias was born in Madrid in 1933. As an avid and diverse reader he discovered contemporary art through the Diccionario de Ismos (Dictionary of Isms) by Eduardo Cirlot. In 1956 he made a serious decision to be a painter and thus made contact with the Madrid art world.

"Jose Maria Iglesias is a painter who has realized more than thirty individual exhibitions and a hundred collective exhibitions, while his work can be viewed in twenty-eight museums around the world. It can be said that he is considered one of the most important artists in Spanish contemporary painting. Above all his works there is order and balance. Encompassed in what has been called Constructivism, Pure Geometry, or, by others, "concretism," Iglesias likes to use dark colors, even if they seem linear and austere. He is concerned with investigating. He wants to create a work through his labor and art which makes the observer think - not just because of the final product, but just as much because of the coherent evolution. It is a serene and accurate reflection of his human personality, which is tranquil, reposed, and full of a peculiar sense of humor." (Enrique Moral Sandoval, Madrid Deputy Mayor and delegate on the Committee for Culture, Youth, Education and Sports)

The painting represented here belongs to a stage of Iglesias' work referred to by himself as ELDAG, a word formed from Elucidacion Ludica de Argumentacion Geometrica (Ludic Elucidation of Geometric Argumentation). Iglesias himself states, "I attribute to Elucidation all types of rational, conservative and concrete art ... and to Delucidation art of an expressionistic nature, in which that which is subjective dominates and flourishes uncontrolled or almost so. That which is Ludic is clearer; an art born of the artist's free play." The Geometric Argumentation of this ELDAG is one of the many existing demonstrations of the Theorem of Pythagoras. Three Brief and Interchangeable Approximations for Ludic Elucidations by Jose MAria Iglesias:

1. " Shadow of the square is not square any longer. Where one color ends another begins, but its transpiration is hardly perceptible. It is seen that the spectrum has not passed through here, and that the epicenter is generated only through that which is inert. The lines certainly contribute to the good of the order of the whole; they distribute spaces, classify the resulting angles, and avoid an assault which could be likened to one of bamboo on volcanic rock. Violet blues, silent among the submissive greys, oppose the reddish tones with the majestic determination not to be alone. I am uncertain whether I dominate them or they me, whether my voice is sure or if I think it. Yesterday a message of blue, today one of silence. Without lights or gazes, silent tangencies are the equivalent of interpretations which attain exactitude. Transposition and elimination dilute the will and determination of something almost imperceptible into a trace of nothingness."
2. "The colors which have no name - are they colors? They are dear to me. They slip out of themselves. They hide in their vicinity, modestly - the differences which inundate the eyes - not the light, as they say, but rather a vital unreality. Only the quiet of the violet blues, of the grey blacks, and the greenish tones talk directly of the ambiguous balance. This is the only quietness which disquiets me."
3. "When a line divides a field of color, a new color, a new color is born on each side. On each side of it light and shadows simultaneously invent themselves. From the depths of silence there are angles which gaze and measure - a succession of dots, in theory. But the color-without-color never remains and never leaves us indifferent."

Iglesias Painting

TITLE: ELDAG con recuadro rojo
Medium: oil on tablex
122cm. X 122cm., 48in. X 48in.

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Works in Museums:
Museo Españnol de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid
Museo de Arte Abstracto, Cuenca
Museo de Bellas Artes, Vitoria
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla
Museo de Villafames, Castellon
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Lanzarote
Museo de Alto Aragon, Huesca
Museo de Ayllon, Segovia
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Ibiza
Museo de Crevillente, Valencia
Museo de Elsedo, Santander
Musee des Beaux Artes, La Chaud-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Museo de Arte Moderno, Sassoferrato, Italy
Museum of Modern Art, Bagdad, Iraq
Galleria Comunale de Arte Moderno, Jesi, Italy
Moderna Galerija, Rijeka, Yugoslavia
Coleccion Circulante, Asuncion, Paraguay
Insituto Panameño de Arte, Panama
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
University of Waterloo, Canada
Diario de Noticias, Lisboa
Fundacion Juan March
Circulo de la Amistad, Cordoba
Universidad Laboral, Zaragoza
Universidad Laboral, Alacala de Henares
Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid
SKF, Madrid
Caja Postal de Ahorros de la Imaculada, Zaragoza
Caja Postal de Ahorros, Granada
Caja de Ahorros Provincial, Guadalajara
Caja Municipal de Ahorros, Pamplona
Comunidad de Madrid
European Community

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