Oil and beeswax on canvas
30 × 34 cm (11 4/5 × 13 2/5 in)
Signed and dated
Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM
Provenance: donated by the artist
Estimate: CHF 40’000 – 50’000
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The painting is part of an extensive group of works entitled Deserto-Modelo. The title refers to Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto, who engages the subject of the desert (deserto) as a timeless and irrational thought pattern. In a similar way, Arruda invokes the desert as a metaphysical realm. Hence, modelo in Portuguese signifies not just a model but analogously also a project, vision, or even utopia.
The small-format paintings by Brazilian artist Lucas Arruda (born 1983 in Rio de Janeiro) feature atmospheric landscapes. Yet they are often identifiable as such due solely to a suggested distant horizon. The artist is not concerned with the recognisability of an existing setting, explaining: ‘It’s the idea of a landscape rather than a real place.’ Arruda is interested in the rendering of light and in the materiality and physicality of colour generated by his thick application of paint. Thus, what initially seem to be classic landscape paintings become almost abstract light and colour studies.