Rosario, Uruguay: Ediciones Ellena, 1967. Limited edition. Hardcover. 47/403. The first two hundred copies include a second original woodcut printed in a separate folio. This with printed signature "Manolita P. de Torres Garcia" on page facing the woodcut printed on Ingres from the original block done by J. Torres-Garcia in 1931 (12 1/4 x 9 5/8") by the family Torres-Garcia, housed in back pocket of cloth portfolio.
Folio. (8, with tipped-in original wood-engraving) 14 (8)pp., 1 wood-engraving in back pocket. Original cream wraps portfolio with black lettering on cover with original plain parchment dustjacket. Includes an original sepia-toned photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/2") pasted above Torres-Garcia quote on page three. Housed in light brown cloth portfolio with handwritten name of artist on spine and original print deposited in pocket of back cover; in brown cloth slipcase with reproductions of Torres-Garcia's text printed to light brown paper, pasted to covers; lettering in brown and red.
Includes a reproduction of the original calligraphic text "La Regla Abstracta" and an English translation of the original manuscript "The Abstract Rule," translated and revised by a group including Emilio Elena, Floretncia de Amesti, Anita Woolfolk, Maria E. Herrera, Constance Hertz and Ian Taylor. Light wear along edges of slipcase. Small brown color smudges on front and back of cloth portfolio, same color as handwritten name on spine. Else in fine condition. Very good to fine condition. Item #49683
Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He emigrated to Catalunya, Spain, and embarked on his life as a painter, sculptor, writer, teacher and theorist, always facing the struggles between the old and the new, classical and avant-garde, the figurative and the abstract.
Torres-Garcia opened a school in Madrid known as Arte Constructivo, published some 150 books, essays and articles in various languages and was a prolific lecturer. In 1929 he found the magazine Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square) in Paris. Torres-Garcia collaborated with Antoni Gaudi, was friends with Picasso, Piet Mondrian and other luminaries, while Joan Miró was a student of his in Barcelona. Torres-Garcia is credited with developing the style called Universal Constructivism.