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Eduardo Chillida

Born 1924 in San Sebastián, Spain
Died 2002 in San Sebastián, Spain

Eloge de la Lumière XI, no date

Alabaster
52 x 40 x 15 cm

Eduardo Chillida is one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. His abstract sculptures, which combine rigid, block-like forms, wedged together into tectonic compositions, are full of elemental force. But in his artistic work, Chillida was less concerned with the form itself than with the space enclosing the form. He once said that he shaped empty spaces

Chillida first began to study architecture at the University of Madrid in 1943, but dropped out after three years to enrol at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, a private art academy in Madrid. He created his first sculptures from clay and plaster. In 1948, Chillida went to Paris and began to work with iron. In Hernani, near San Sebastián, where the artist settled after his return from France in 1950, he created his first abstract iron sculpture.

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