Esteban Vicente (1903-2001)
A member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, Esteban Vicente was part of the most influential circles of his generation. During the course of his long and lauded career, he closely studied shape, light and the possibilities of pigment. During the 1920s Vicente became fully immersed in Madrid’s cultural milieu, including the “Generation of ‘27”, a group of poets, artists, and other intellectuals interested in the avant-garde. After exhibiting for several years in Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, Vicente moved to New York in 1936. The influential galleries and critics of Abstract Expressionism recognized Vicente’s bold, gestural work as being of central importance to the era.
Included among his many teaching positions were those at Black Mountain College, the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, Yale University, Princeton University and Columbia University. Vicente continued to work and exhibited regularly well into his nineties. In 1991, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia awarded him the Gold Medal of Honor in the Fine Arts, Spain’s most important honor in the arts. In addition to the Museum de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, the artist’s work is held in most major museums in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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