Edith Jiménez (1918 - 2004)


Screen print on paper
height: 33cm
width: 48cm

Donated by Edith Jiménez 1996


This screenprint of a house in the country probably dates from the 1980s when Jiménez was returning to the more figurative mode in which she had been trained in the 1940s. The impact of the extraordinarily creative print workshops directed by Brazilian print-maker Lívio Abramo is evident in the expressive simplicity of the bold angular shapes of the two animated trees framing the modest house and the swirling curves of the lower vegetation. Jiménez helped to create a distinctively Paraguayan language of modernism that has abstract tendencies but is firmly rooted in the region. In this case the way the blue ink alternates between figure and ground is reminiscent of the way indigenous art forms, particularly weaving, create designs based on the conjunction of positive and negative forms (as in the woodcut Ñandutí by Olga Blinder, also in ESCALA) while the introduction of a splash of reddish brown around the crown of one of the trees suggest it is a pink-flowering Lapacha, one of Paraguay's most spectacular trees.

Valerie Fraser, 01/12/2008

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