Abstract oil on canvas painting by Ivan Freitas.
25" x 31" inch canvas, framed to 30" x 36".
Bearing a Barcinski Art Gallery label verso and a second label stating that the painting was sold in 1961 at a benefit auction for the Albert Einstein Hospital held at the Museum of San Paulo.
Ivan Freitas was a Brazilian Postwar & Contemporary painter and Muralist (1932-2006)
Son of muralist Severino Araújo, Ivan started painting as a self-taught artist.
His first individual exhibition was at the Public Library, in 1957. With the success of the exhibition, he was able to move to Rio de Janeiro the following year, in 1958, where he came into contact with the work of artists such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte who influenced him. Between 1962 and 1963 he resided as a fellow in Paris. Between 1969 and 1972, he was on his second tour abroad, in New York City and commissioned by the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.
Back in Brazil, he painted a mural of over a thousand square meters on the external wall of the National School of Music in Rio de Janeiro in 1984 - the first of the Arte nos Muros Project. Still in the 70s, he married Dalva Mendes Gall whom he left after his death in 200, an extensive collection where one can find all the best works of this renowned Paraiba artist in Brazil and abroad.
The stay in New York, from 1969 to 1972, was perhaps the greatest turning point in Ivan's career. Until then, according to art critic Roberto Pontual, the plastic artist followed "a phase of abstraction close to the informal". In the United States , with so much technological influence around him, Ivan becomes interested in the machine and its movement mechanisms and inserts these perceptions in his works, as kinetic constructions with small motors hidden in boxes as Pontual defines, and also and triggering light patterns in cyclic and repeated series. (similar to the Op Art works of Julio le Parc and works by Yves Tinguely being shown at Rene Denis Gallery in Paris
In 1968, the magazine Galeria de Arte Moderna (GAM), published an article entitled Ivan Freitas and the Cosmic Space.
In the Brazilian Dictionary of Plastic Artists , the Italian art critic Giuseppe Marchiori refers to Ivan Frentas as someone who "controls and dominates each part of the painting with a desire to deepen the image that surprises and enchants". Still according to the critic, Ivan is someone who preserves the mystery in the harmony between lines and the colorful atmosphere, where he creates pauses and rhythms for the reading of his "secret structures". Arte Neo Concreta artists Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica and Lygia Pape, were all contemporaries
The poet Ferreira Gullar writes: "Freitas does not turn to the subjective world, does not inquire into the arcana of the unconscious; he inquires into the future and, in the solitude of his paintings, promises us a serene and orderly world. And, if in his landscapes man does not appear, it is not that this order excludes him - it is that he has not yet reached it. "
Selec Solo Exhibitions
1957 - João Pessoa Public Library; João Pessoa, PB.
1960 - Ivan Freitas: Painting Exhibitions , at the Penguin Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1961 - MAM-BA , Salvador , BA.
1962 - Rubbers Gallery; Buenos Aires , Argentina .
1962 - La Cabana Galeria; Trieste , Italy .
1962 - Brazil-United States Cultural Institute; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1962 - Brazil-Uruguay Institute; Montevideo , Uruguay .
1962 - Barcinski Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1963 - Galleria Del Canale, Naples , Italy.
1963 - Ivan Freitas: Paris 1963, at the Barcinski Gallery ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1964 - Barcinski Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1966 - Relief Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1968 - Relief Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1969 - Pan American Union; Washington , United States.
1971 - Miramar Gallery; New York, United States.
1971 - Bloomingdale's Art Gallery; New York, United States.
1973 - Individual, at Galeria Bonino; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1973 - Galeria Collection; São Paulo , SP.
1974 - Ivan Freitas: Paintings / Objectives , at the Rio de Janeiro Art Exchange; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1975 - Arte Global Gallery; São Paulo-SP.
1976 - Ivan Freitas: Paintings / Space / Movement , at Galeria Ipanema; Sao Paulo-SP.
1977 - Paulo Prado Gallery; Sao Paulo-SP.
1978 - Paraíba State Cultural Foundation; João Pessoa, PB.
1979 - Gallery B. 75 Concorde; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1980 - Individual, at Galeria do Sesi; Sao Paulo-SP.
1980 - Paulo Prado Gallery; Sao Paulo-SP.
1986 - Ivan Freitas: The Reinvented Landscape , at Galeria Arte Aplicada; Sao Paulo-SP.
1987 - Applied Art Gallery; Sao Paulo-SP.
1989 - Evasion Arte Gallery; Sao Paulo-SP.
1994 - GB Arte Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
Select Group Exhibitions
1959 - 8th National Salon of Modern Art; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1960 - 9th National Salon of Modern Art; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1961 - 10th National Salon of Modern Art - jury exemption and critical award; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1961 - 6th São Paulo International Art Biennial , at the Ciccilo Matarazzo Pavilion; Sao Paulo-SP.
1963 - Art from America and Spain; Europe .
1963 - 2nd Youth Biennial; Paris, France.
1963 - 7th São Paulo International Art Biennial, at the Fundação Bienal; ; Sao Paulo-SP.
1964 - 2nd Art Summary of Jornal do Brasil, at MAM-RJ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1965 - Current Brazilian Art; Bonn , Germany .
1965 - Current Brazilian Art; London , England .
1965 - 1st Esso Young Artists Salon, at MAM-RJ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1965 - Opinion 65, at MAM / RJ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1965 - 1st Esso Salon of Young Artists, at MAC / USP; Sao Paulo-SP.
1965 - 8th São Paulo International Art Biennial, at the Fundação Bienal; Sao Paulo-SP.*
1965 - Current Brazilian Art; Vienna , Austria .
1966 - 5 Contemporary Painters from Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1966 - 5 Contemporary Painters from Brazil; Montevideo, Uruguay.
1966 - 1st National Biennial of Plastic Arts; Salvador BA.
1967 - 9th Bienal Internacional de Arte de São Paulo, at the Bienal Foundation; Sao Paulo-SP.
1968 - 2nd Esso Young Artists Salon, at MAM / RJ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1969 - 7th JB Art Summary, at MAM-RJ ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
Local de realização:(Brasil / Rio de Janeiro / Rio de Janeiro) Instituição de realização:Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Ficha Técnicado evento Resumo de Arte JB
Artista participante: Anna Letycia, Darel, Farnese de Andrade, Fayga Ostrower, Flexor, Frans Krajcberg, Ione Saldanha, Ivan Freitas, Ivan Serpa, José Lima. Lygia Clark.
1970 - 2nd Coltejer Biennial; Medellín , Colombia .
1972 - Arte / Brasil / Today: 50 Years Later, at the Collectio Gallery; Sao Paulo-SP.
1973 - 12th International Biennial of Art of São Paulo, at the Fundação Bienal; Sao Paulo-SP.
1973 - 5th Panorama of Brazilian Current Art, at MAM-SP ; Sao Paulo-SP.
1974 - Bienal Nacional 74, at the Bienal Foundation; Sao Paulo-SP.
1975 - Communication According to Plastic Artists; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1975 - 13th São Paulo International Art Biennial, at the Fundação Bienal; Sao Paulo-SP.
1976 - 8th Panorama of Brazilian Current Art, at MAM / SP; Sao Paulo-SP.
1979 - 11th Panorama of Current Brazilian Art, at MAM / SP; Sao Paulo-SP.
1979 - 15th São Paulo International Art Biennial, at the Fundação Bienal; Sao Paulo-SP.
1982 - Brazil 60 Years of Modern Art: Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection, at the José de Azeredo Perdigão Modern Art Center; Lisbon , Portugal .
1982 - Brazil 60 Years of Modern Art: Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection , at the Barbican Art Gallery; London, England.
1984 - Brazilian Painting Acting, at Espaço Petrobras ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1985 - Opinion 65, at the Banerj Art Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1986 - Imagine: the planet salutes the comet, Arte Galeria; Fortaleza , CE .
1986 - 17th Panorama of Brazilian Current Art, MAM-SP; Sao Paulo-SP.
1987 - 20th Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chapel Art Show ; Sao Paulo-SP.
1990 - 2nd Arte Atual Paraibana , Fundação Espaço Cultural da Paraíba - guest artist; João Pessoa, PB.
1992 - EcoArt, MAM-RJ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
1995 - Opinion 65: 30 Years , at the CCBB ; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
2003 - Brazilianart Project , Almacén Art Gallery; Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
Punctual, Roberto (1976). Contemporary Brazilian art: Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection . Rio de Janeiro: Jornal do Brasil editions. P. 478
Cavalcanti, Carlos (org.); Ayala, Walmir (org.) (1973). Brazilian dictionary of plastic artists . Brasília: MEC. pp. v. 2, pt. 1