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Leandre Cristòfol

Fundació Joan Miró

The work of Leandre Cristòfol is intentionally poetic. It is the product of the ontological and formal concerns that run through it. Cristòfol’s expression is one of a silence dressed in many guises. The materials he uses are for the most part common: iron, wood, clay, machinery parts, metallic tape, cork, wire, and glass. Cristòfol comes from a rural environment, and his gaze on the world retains the sense of distance particular to one who has lived in voluntary seclusion, as if bent on protecting his singularity at all costs, even to the extent of costing him the recognition he deserves. His apprenticeship in carpentry, cabinetry, and wood carving, which he undertook in Lérida in 1922, probably helped him resolve the sculptural problems of equilibrium, proportion, and realization in general. His austerity is an unvarying constant, and it comes from maintaining a concept of order in a

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