Hector Giuffré (1944 - 2018)

Naturaleza muerta (1983)
Still Life

Screen print on paper
height: 65.5cm
width: 50cm

Donated by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires 1996


Screen-print is a medium that is most commonly associated with commercial techniques of reproduction. Here the process has been carried out manually, from start to finish. The image that this print reproduces was taken from an oil painting produced by Giuffré in the 1970s, and carries explicit echoes of Vermeer's painting of The Milkmaid, of about 1660. Giuffré discusses his paintings of this earlier decade in terms of their symbolic substitution of still life objects for violent aspects of everyday experience in Argentina at that time, during the country's dictatorship. The fish included here is a dorado, a fish that is found in Argentina but one that is under threat of extinction there. 'Everyone knows that the dorado is something that is disappearing', says the artist in his statement. His allusion is to the many political prisoners who 'disappeared'during this military regime. The water jug meanwhile is a maternal image, and here it is one that evokes loss. Together in this abandoned space, coldly lit by the light from the window above, Giuffré also likens this composition to a scene of crucifixion.

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