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Jan Senbergs

Australia, Latvia

29 Oct 1939 – 2024

  • Details

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    Materials used
    colour screenprint on cartridge paper
    unnumbered proof from edition of 10
    26.5 x 33.7 cm image and sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil ".... - J Senbergs '63".

    Gift of the artist 2008
    Not on display
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    © Estate of Jan Senbergs/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    This image was inspired by the architecture of Antoni Gaudí which Senbergs first saw in magazines and books. One of the most original architects of his time, Gaudí has remained a favourite.

    "The first time I saw Gaudi was in an Italian architecture magazine. It had photographs – they were in black and white and looked terrifically dramatic. At that time I didn't really know what they were, but I was only interested in the images. I didn't really realize who he was … It was the ventilators and all those sculptural forms, the shapes on the top of the Casa Milà of Gaudi's apartment building in Barcelona. At that time I was always doing those strange tower forms. They just became real objects of interest and of course naturally, later on, I became more curious about him, and by the time I'd been overseas I'd learnt something about him and went and had a look at it. In a vague, indirect way there was some sort of awareness of a Gaudi form when I was doing this print."

    [Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs complete screenprints 1960-88, pg. 17]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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