Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (1932-2011)
signed and dated 1986 (lower right)
oil on canvas
25” x 31” (64 cm x 79 cm)
Alcuaz carried on the realist tradition for everyday subjects; however, this painting of a contemplative female reader in the company of two other languorous women in a well-lit interior creates a near abstract composition of tonal values, especially on the glass topped surface of the table.
The art of Federico Aguilar Alcuaz covers a wide range of genres and styles, from the simplest of portraits to the most complex of abstraction.
Much celebrated is his “Tres Marias” theme with their nineteenth century air of women in gowns, beribboned and beruffled – adding contemporary young women while retaining a setting of quiet gentility, like flowers in the honey-colored light.
This version of Alcuaz’ “Tres Marias” reflects his ability to perceive the world through a complex prism of cultures and time frames resulting in an oeuvre that speaks to a broad range of sensibilities. His intense use of colors, such as the vivid yellows which appear in his abstractions, are also manifest in the dresses of the contemporary women.