Sunday, March 4, 2018

01 Paintings, of The amorous game, Part 12 - With Footnotes

Alvaro Guillot, Uruguayan, (1931 - 2010) 
Do You Love Me, c.1979 
30 in. x 23 in. (76.2 cm x 58.42 cm) 
Private Collection

Alvaro Guillot (1931–2010) was a French artist born in Uruguay. He was a notable exponent of the "new surrealist school".

Guillot's post-surrealist late 20th and early 21st century acrylics and oils celebrated New Mexico landscapes, cats, horses, bovines, stunted juniper upllands, prominent green, red and yellow chili peppers, with color schemes and adroit shadows that defied all previous Western landscape artistic visions; borrowing from none, embracing something altogether new and intoxicating. There are vestiges of his early years in South America, but also the best of mid-century Paris, and contemporary Cuban art.

Guillot remained a quiet presence for over two decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico, shunning exhibitions and most galleries, preferring the sheer joys of privacy amongst a select coterie of like-minded friends, most notably, Jean Morrison.

Known by his closest colleagues as one of the great raconteurs, satirists and political pundits  he was also an exquisitely talented - but again, private - writer whose memoirs about such close friends of his as the great Salvador Dalí and architect, Le Corbusier, as well as Picasso, will soon be published.

Some of Guillot's exploits were fictionalized in the Michael Tobias novel, The Adventures of Mr Marigold (2005). More on Alvaro Guillot

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