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Greys and Purples

Arias, Amable

Bembibre del Bierzo, León, 29/06/1927-San Sebastián, 29/02/1984

Oil and dissolved coal dust on canvas

130 x 162 cm


Third quarter of the 20th century


Acquired in 1997

Amable began with landscape art produced with his own sober version of Pointillism, in which he portrayed the El Bierzo area where he was born, and which he revisited regularly in what may well have been an attempt to recover a childhood ruined after he lost a leg in an accident, and the family's subsequent move to San Sebastián, when he was fifteen. Highly combative as an artist, he was one of the prime movers and shakers behind the renewal of art in San Sebastián. He gave up figuration in favour of a sensitive, poetic abstraction, at times Pointillist and always resolved with silent delicacy, which gives the look of something on the point of disappearing, as is the case with Greys and Purples, a work that was included in the exhibitions of the local group of artists Gaur, founded in 1966 and of which Arias was a member. [Javier Novo]

Selected bibliography

  • Expone Grupo Gaur de la Escuela Vasca [Folleto]. San Sebastián, Galería Barandiarán, 1966. pp. pp. 6-7, il.
  • Euskal artea eta artistak 60ko hamarkadan = Arte y Artistas Vascos en los años 60 [Cat. exp.]. Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia = Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa, 1995. p. 268.
  • Amable Arias : dibujos de lo invisible [Cat. exp.]. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2003. pp. 26, 29, il.
  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. pp. 135-136.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. p. 135.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. pp. 134-135, n° cat. 74a.
  • Después del 68 : arte y prácticas artísticas en el País Vasco, 1968-2018 [Cat. exp.]. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2018. p. 410, il.