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Cuban Art Eduardo AbelaEduardo Abela
Period: The Vanguard
1889 - 1965

Paisaje
Landscape, 1927
watercolor and ink on heavy paper
9 7/8 x 13 3/4 inches


Born in 1889, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Died in 1965, Havana. Eduardo Abela studied at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1921. He lived in Spain from 1921 to 1924 and in France from 1927 to 1929 in an effort to expand his artistic and cultural horizons. In Paris, he socialized with a group of vanguard Cuban writers and artists that included Alejo Carpentier, who encouraged him to paint Cuban themes in addition to introducing him to the latest currents in art. After experimenting with various modern styles, Abela developed his own, influenced by Jules Pascin and Marc Chagall. His Parisian stay culminated with a show at Galerie Zak in November of 1929, where he unveiled a series of paintings and drawings inspired by the Afro-Cuban and Creole cultures. Like many of his contemporaries, he "discovered" and integrated Cuba in his art while living abroad, motivated by nostalgia. Upon his return to Havana, Abela's focus turned to political and social caricatures, inventing a character called El Bobo (The Fool), who appeared in El Diario de la Marina from 1930 to 1934. El Bobo quickly gained national recognition as a critical voice opposing the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado. By the second half of the 1930's, Abela returned to painting, employing a naturalistic style influenced by the Mexican Muralists, idealizing the Cuban peasant and countryside, as captured by the painting Los Guajiros(1938). In 1937, he was the director of the short-lived Free Studio of Painting and Sculpture, which offered an alternative to the elitist and highly structured artistic training of San Alejandro Academy. Abela served as Cuba's cultural attache to Mexico from 1941 to 1946 and to Guatemala from 1947 to 1952. The last and most productive phase of his artistic career began in the early 1950s and lasted for a decade. This so-called "magic period" was characterized by an expressionistic representation of a fantasy world inhabited by women, children, and animals.
The paintings and caricatures of Abela have been extensively exhibited in Havana since the 1920s, and to a lesser extent in Spain, France, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. He won several awards for his paintings, including prizes at the National Salons of 1938 and 1956. His works are housed in numerous private collections in Cuba, where he is also well represented at the National Museum in Havana. Outside of Cuba, his paintings reside in private collections in the Caribbean, Central America, the United States, Spain, and France.

 
 

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela Abstract Forms
(Formas Abstractas)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1950
mixed media on heavy paper
19 1/4 x 19 1/8 inches
C4660



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela Desnudo
(Nude)

Eduardo Abela
ca. 1928
oil on paper laid down on board
20 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches
02755



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela El Bobo
(The Fool)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1932
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
11 1/8 x 8 inches
04929



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
El Bobo
(The Fool)

Eduardo Abela
1953
ink on heavy paper laid down on cardboard
8 3/4 x 6 inches
C3703



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela Escaleras
(Ladders)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1953
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
15 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
C4292



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
Jardín
(Garden)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1956
oil on wood
9 3/4 x 13 1/8 inches
05438

Reserved

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
Joven Entre Flores
(Young Girl Among Flowers)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1954
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
12 x 8 1/2 inches
05431



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
Muchacha Sonrojada
(Blushing Young Lady)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1957
oil on wood
7 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches
05283



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
Niños Jugando
(Children Playing)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1955
mixed media on paper laid down on board
7 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches
05078



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela Orquídeas
(Orchids)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1950
watercolor on heavy paper laid down on board
19 x 14 inches
C4290



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
Paisaje
(Landscape)

Eduardo Abela
1927
watercolor & ink on heavy paper laid down on board
9 7/8 x 13 3/4 inches
03725



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela Retrato de Carmen
(Portrait of Carmen)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1946
oil on wood
18 1/2 x 15 inches
C4294



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
Sueño Surrealista
(Surrealist Dream)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1953
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
12 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches
C4316



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela The Fool
(El Bobo)

Eduardo Abela
1955-1956
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
5 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches
05709





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