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Ramiro Fernández Saus

Galería Estampa

Ramiro Fernández Saus’ recent exhibition “El jardín del Edén” (The garden of Eden) introduced an element that had previously been largely absent from his paintings, but was represented here both literally and metaphorically: the human figure. This was also the first of Saus’ exhibitions to focus on a particular thematic series. The work, however, continued the trajectory Fernández Saus initiated more than ten years ago, when he first established his peculiar approach to artmaking, rejecting contemporary artistic ideals and adopting eighteenth-century painting—the work of Fragonard in particular—as a model. His work foregrounds increasingly outmoded concepts: beauty, the autonomy of the image, and the sublime in nature.

The paintings in the series are coloristically strong, at once figurative and abstract, with loose and sketchy compositions. In the past Fernández Saus has often painted

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