Esteban Vicente (American (born Spain), Segovia 1903–2001 Bridgehampton, New York)
Watercolor, charcoal, torn and pasted paper on paper, mounted to paperboard
16 1/4 x 20 1/8 in. (41.3 x 51.1 cm)
Anonymous Gift, in memory of Barbara Butler Weisl, 2005
Not on view
Vicente made his first collages in the summer of 1949, while teaching in California; away from the working environment of his New York studio, he cut up a Sunday newspaper and began assembling its pieces into compositions. Collage would thereafter be a vital component of his art, in an ongoing dialogue with painting. As an Abstract Expressionist, Vicente’s commitment to improvised, abstract arrangements of color and form led him to a vision of collage that eschewed everyday materials. After his initial employment of newspaper clippings, he typically used pieces of hand-painted fine art paper with carefully torn or cut edges. These he positioned with care, making adjustments before gluing them down. Vicente could achieve a wide range of effects, including the solid, architectonic stability of this composition.
Inscription: Signed (lower right, in pencil): Esteban Vicente; signed (verso, on paperboard, in pencil): Esteban Vicente
Barbara Butler Weisl, New York (by 1995–d. 2004); by inheritance to private collection, New York (2004–d. 2005; gift of the estate to MMA)
Valencia. IVAM, Centre Julio González. "Esteban Vicente Collages 1950 –1994," October 5–December 17, 1995, unnumbered cat. (p. 46; lent by private collection, New York.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001," July 19–November 27, 2011, no catalogue.