Art Activity: Let’s Make a Drawing September 24, 2020

Collaborate with a family member or friend to create ink drawings inspired by Julio Alpuy’s Untitled (Two Structures). Use the family-friendly activity guide and how-to video below to explore shapes and make one-of-a-kind drawings.

Uruguayan-born artist Julio Alpuy is known for his paintings, sculptures, and drawings, each marked by his unique style of stacking block-like forms that represent buildings, figures, and everyday objects.

Alpuy began his career in 1935 when he moved from Tacuarembó to Montevideo to study under artist Joaquín Torres-García. Alpuy’s early work evolved from the use of heavy impasto in still lifes and landscapes, to a more stylized body of paintings. His work is in the collections of the MFAH, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, among other institutions.

Explore more of Alpuy’s art in the MFAH collections, and let his 1949 drawing Sin título (Dos estructuras) [Untitled (Two Structures)] inspire you to make ink-on-paper drawings of your own.

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