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Gonzalo Fonseca is one of the founding members of the Taller Torres-García in Uruguay. He was influenced by the lectures he attended in which Joaquín Torres-García spoke of a Constructive Universalism that sought to incorporate the language of Native America and Pre-Hispanic cultures as a means to assert autonomy from the hegemony of European visual modes. Fonseca traveled to Peru and Bolivia to visit archaeological sites, which inspired him to create a series of magnificent ceramic pieces. Spurred by some of his fellow colleagues, Fonseca traveled to the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece in the mid-1950s. As a result, the cyclical themes of life and death and the language of mythology imbued in Greco-Roman and Egyptian symbols is found in the work of this period, exemplified in Columbarium.
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Gonzalo Fonseca, Uruguayan, 1922–1997
- Scaffolding wood, nails, strings, and paint
- 87 × 37 1/2 × 9 in. (221 × 95.3 × 22.9 cm)
- Credit Line
Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2009 Latin American Experience Gala and Auction and Bernard Chappard in memory of Daniela Chappard
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
The artist; Bernard Chappard; sold to MFAH, 2009.