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Painting – 84/1

Mieg, Juan

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 19/08/1938

Oil on canvas

130 x 130 cm

MIEG (bottom right hand corner)


Last quarter of the 20th century


Acquired in 1984

His painting evolved (at times in connivance with the work of his contemporary Ortiz de Elgea, another leading member of the Orain group) into a short figurative phase in the early 1970s, moving on to a profoundly melancholic, intensely poetic abstract art of heavy, blended colours, structured in irregular blocks of unstable composition, which in some respects recall Poliakoff's assembled forms. This episode led to a messy abstraction of sordid colours with thick impasto, which lets the spectator see how the paint has splurged directly from the tube. Painting is a work from this phase. [Javier Viar]

Selected bibliography

  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. pp. 152-153.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. pp. 152-153.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. pp. 152-153, n° cat. 84b.
  • Viar, Javier. Historia del arte vasco : de la Guerra Civil a nuestros días, 1936-2016. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2017. pp. 214-215, il.