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LUIS SAENZ DE LA CALZADA (1912-1994) Spanish art surrealist oil painting of harlequin

LUIS SAENZ DE LA CALZADA (1912-1994) Spanish art surrealist oil painting of harlequin

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Oil and maybe sand mixed in, on paper backed by masonite, 19 3/4" by 24 1/4" (22 3/4" by 27 1/2" as framed), signed "CALZADA" at upper right. The subject is a Picasso-esque harlequin with a haunting, intense, soul-stirring stare, his hands clasped at bottom center, a mysterious drape separating face and hands, all by the noted listed Spanish artist and humanist, LUIZ SAENZ DE LA CALZADA (1912-1994). Calzada's works appear at many auctions in Spain, and they are most often of surrealistic subject matter. Works dating back to the 1930's are known, though this work would appear to be dating to the mid century period. An online biography says that Calzada was a true humanist and Renaissance, biologist, academic, environmentalist, actor, painter, essayist. His art is said to have been influenced by the Surrealism of the Italian Giorgio de Chirico and by Jose Caballero. De la Calzada didn't promote his art during his lifetime. Angels, biblical themes, harlequins, and bizarre almost Dali-esque faces populate his works. Condition: This appears to have been executed in oil and sand on paper. Slight pressure shows that the surface yields a bit, and is not in fact the solid masonite backing itself. There is a small crack and missing area at bottom center, which has provided a look into the media used. The artist was from the Spanish city of Leon, and the framer's tape on the reverse is from Leon.