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Antonio Segui

Lefebre Gallery

Through the years the Argentinian painter Antonio Segui has offered a provocative and personal interpretation of various idioms, ranging from impressionist to so-called magical genres. His recent paintings and pastels belong to the latter category. Silent, without atmosphere, Segui’s urban, jungle and beach scenes are South American/European in style, setting and feeling. Stressing a caricature kind of drawing, simplifying both the facial features and silhouettes of the figures, his work brings to mind images by Henri Rousseau, George Grosz, and Fernand Léger, among others. What’s magical about the imagery is its power to convey different “modern” states of mind—loneliness, alienation, boredom.

Each scene, composed of enigmatic figures going about their private and public business in a shallow, ambiguous space, is curiously self-contained and stagelike: in one, a character sits alone in a

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