Saeta 44

Lines of white and yellow paint splay out in numerous directions here, giving the impression of rapid movement. Fernando Zóbel initially struggled to create such thin, controlled lines with oil paint. He arrived at the solution of using a surgical syringe with the needle removed after seeing a cook write “Happy Birthday” with icing on a cake. While this work may appear spontaneous, Zóbel often made several preparatory studies for his paintings. This work is part of Zóbel’s renowned Saeta series, inspired by the forms of scaffolding. Zóbel often encountered these structures while working on construction sites as a part of his family property business in Manila, Philippines.

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