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Armando Morales

Claude Bernard Gallery

Although the Nicaraguan-born artist Armando Morales has spent much time during the last three decades in different locations throughout South America, Europe, and the United States, his true home has remained the realm of the imagination. Judging by the paintings in this recent show, all from 1987, his closest “neighbors” in this dreamlike region are Giorgio de Chirico and Paul Delvaux. Like them, Morales exploits the illusionistic force of painting to shake the usual rock-solid hold that reality has on our senses.

The paintings of figures in landscapes are the most ambitious works shown here. In these, Morales employs compositional devices and motifs closely associated with de Chirico and Delvaux. The dramatic impact of his Four Bathers and a Dog, Railroad Crossing and Three Nudes, and Harbor with Two Nudes is heightened by the same tilting ground plane and manipulation of deep space

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