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July 29, 2005

Xul Solar — 'Our William Blake'

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That's what Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges called the visionary Argentine painter and poet.

Borges was perhaps Xul Solar's best friend.

Now the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art has mounted a retrospective consisting of 130 works, mostly small watercolors, by the great artist, who died in 1963 at age 75 having sold very little of his work during his lifetime.

The show went up last month and will remain in Buenos Aires through August 15; then it moves to São Paulo and, early next year, to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston for what will be Xul Solar's first individual show ever in the U.S.

From the two works pictured above and below you can see why many critics and art historians compare Xul Solar to Paul Klee, whose work he was familiar with from the dozen years he spent in Europe before returning to Argentina in 1924.

Larry Rohter wrote a great story which appeared in Monday's New York Times about the painter and his circle.

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"A man versed in every field of knowledge, curious about everything arcane, father of writings, of languages, of utopias, of mythologies, a guest in hells and heavens," was how Borges described his friend in an essay he wrote while Xul Solar, twelve years Borges' senior, was still alive.

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Comments

Thanks so much for sharing this artist! I can't believe that I didn't know of him. A wonderful new discovery!

Posted by: Jenifer | Jul 30, 2005 12:00:42 AM

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