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Number One

Artist:
Esteban Vicente (American (born Spain), Segovia 1903–2001 Bridgehampton, New York)
Date:
1951
Medium:
Oil, newspaper transfer, charcoal, and graphite on canvas
Dimensions:
44 7/8 x 35 1/8 in. (114 x 89.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.32.64
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 919
Vicente studied in Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris before immigrating in 1936 to the United States, where he eventually became associated with the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. Vicente’s art remained closely tied to European sensibilities, and his mature style was completely abstract. A painter by vocation, he practiced collage while teaching in California in 1949–50, and his subsequent work, such as Number One, imitates the collage technique. Like Willem de Kooning, Vicente enjoyed transferring newsprint to his surfaces in order to add texture.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Esteban Vincente
[Peridot Gallery, New York]; [Charles Egan Gallery, New York]; Muriel Kallis Steinberg, Chicago (until 2006; her gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection," May 21–September 27, 1981, unnumbered cat. (p. 71).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 17, 2007–February 3, 2008, extended to March 2, 2008, no. 37.

Elizabeth Frank. "Esteban Vicente at Eighty-four." New Criterion 5, no. 10 (June 1987), p. 53.

Elizabeth Frank in Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 118–20, no. 37, ill. (color).



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