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Umbra 30

Olga de Amaral (Colombian, born 1932)
Linen, silver leaf, gesso, acrylic paint
32 x 78 1/2 x 1/2 in. (81.3 x 199.4 x 1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Andrea Amaral and Diego Amaral, 2004
Accession Number:
Not on view
Olga de Amaral's "woven walls" are suffused with the essence of Colombia, her native country. The landscape and the architecture of old houses with adobe walls and tile roofs are incorporated in a nonfigurative way into her tapestries. Color and structure are de Amaral's most important formal concerns. In Umbra 30 the intricately woven and richly embellished ultramarine and silver strips recall Columbia's rivers and waterfalls.
Andrea and Diego Amaral (2003–4; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement," December 22, 2006–December 2, 2007, no catalogue.

Olga de Amaral. The House of My Imagination: Lecture by Olga de Amaral at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 24, 2003. Bogotá, 2003, pp. 12–13, figs. 27, 29 (front and back, color), ill. pp. 16–17 (front and back, color).

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