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Manolo Valdés (Valencia, 1942)

La Reina Mariana XII, 1982

Technique: Pencil on paper. In a Spanish XVIIIth century silvered wood frame

Dimensions: 28 x 21 cm / Frame: 41,5 x 34,5 cm

After Rafael Solbes death in 1981, the group Equipo Crónica, who had been founded in 1964 also by Juan Antonio Toledo and Manolo Valdés himself, is definitely dissolved. Valdés begins then his solo career, starting an individual project mainly based on Velazquez's iconography, and more specificaly on the portrait of Queen Mariana of Austria that Velazquez painted in 1652, conserved at the Prado Museum. Thus, in his first individual exhibition at the Maeght Gallery in Barcelona, in 1982, Manolo Valdés presented for the first time a serie of paintings and wooden sculptures called "Reina Mariana", the first works of a subject that inspired him for several decades and became his more recognizable theme until nowadays.
The present drawing is the preparatory sketch for one of those wooden sculptures exhibited there, "Reina Mariana XII". A catalogue of that exhibition is included with the purchase.
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