Artist profile

Eduardo Chillida

"Eduardo Chillida (San Sebastián 1924-2002) is one of the great sculptors of the 20th century. Additionally, his drawing, his capacity for graphic synthesis, is one of the most original and personal in our entire current panorama.

Drawing in Chillida’s career runs, if not parallel to all his work as a sculptor, at least then, prior to it. His first drawings from 1945 and 46, whether in pencil, ink or ballpoint pen are strong personal statements and are much stronger than his first pieces in plaster. They speak more directly and personally of his visual thought. With the pencil, his hand translates and communicates what his gaze registers in a more direct and intuitive way than with plaster. This is the gaze which, since his childhood, examined and interrogated the line of the horizon from the beach of La Concha in San Sebastián; it is the gaze which seeks to trace the movement of the waves of the sea and their gliding, their graphics (sable mouvant), on the surface of the shore.

Chillida’s drawing is cold, as is his sculpture, -- even when it may have been worked over fire in the forge. It is a rational drawing, subjected to the discipline of synthesis and concision, seeking to reflect a complete visual moment with the greatest simplicity of lines, a moment concentrated on a single point, localized on a part to the maximum and thus expressed in abs-traction."

 

Kosme de Barañano, Valencia, August 2003

Biography

1924
Born on 10 January in San Sebastian
1943–46
Studies architecture at the University of Madrid
1948
Moves to Paris
1951
The first of their eight children was born
1960
Awarded the Kandinsky Prize by Nina Kandinsky
1988
Receives the Order for Science and Art, awarded by the Federal German Government
2002
Died August 19, 2002, Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain