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Patricia Gadea, El adiós visto desde fuera (Goodbye as seen from the Outside), 2006, acrylic on canvas, 31 7/8 x 28 3/4".

Patricia Gadea

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Patricia Gadea, El adiós visto desde fuera (Goodbye as seen from the Outside), 2006, acrylic on canvas, 31 7/8 x 28 3/4".

Patricia Gadea died in 2006 at the age of forty-six. Though she was fairly well known in the 1980s and early ’90s, her late work has been seen only occasionally—owing, perhaps, to changes in the style of her work and her decision to distance herself from the art world by moving to Palencia, a small city in the north of Spain where she supported herself by giving art lessons to children and caring for the elderly. Her recent exhibition in Madrid, “Patricia’s War,” was the first in six years. Though not a large show, it encompassed more than twenty years of production, from 1984 until her death, in a careful selection of paintings and works on paper—a sort of summary, albeit a partial one, of the work of an artist who maintained a certain consistency throughout her career, even as the spirit of her work changed with time.

This balance of constancy and variation was quite

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