Fayga Ostrower (1920 - 2001)

Untitled (1967)

Lithograph on paper
height: 52cm
width: 78cm

On loan from Ruby Reid Thompson


This untitled lithograph from 1967 is typical of the free and gestural abstraction that developed in parallel to the more formal geometric approach of the Neoconcrete artists in Brazil during the 1950s. Ostrower was one of the first Brazilian printmakers to take up abstraction, although her first exhibition of abstract prints at Rio’s Ministry of Education building in 1954 was strongly criticised at the time by many leading printmakers, including Oswaldo Goeldi, who did not accept the possibility of an abstract print. Like Edith Behring, Ostrower learnt printing under Carlos Oswald and Axl Leskoschek at the Fundação Getulio Vargas.

(Display caption from the exhibition Southern Press: Prints from Brazil, Paraguay and Chile, firstsite, 2011-2012)

Ian Dudley, 2011

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