Rudolf Urech-Seon – Composition 11, n.d.
Oil on canvas
101 x 106 cm
In Composition 11 Rudolf Urech-Seon (1876-1959) creates an abstract compound of curved monochrome colour surfaces, which still shows clear signs of figuration.
With a reduced palette of seven colour shades, Urech-Seon combines flat shapes together to articulate two figure-like forms. These figures resemble mysterious dreamy creatures with subtle human attributes. Their eyes are particularly poignant, as they are the only elements in the painting with defined linear borders. Despite the limitations of the abstract composition, the two bizarre figures even seem to possess individual characteristics: while the one on the right seems determined, strong and dominant, the other one appears to be backing away, intimidated or insecure. The right figure raises grandly a red sphere in front of him, which conforms the centre of the entire composition.
Urech-Seon's painting lacks spatial depth, and yet it has a narrative and a sense of spatiality. In contrast, the thin layers of paint enhance the impression of two-dimensional flatness. Skillfully the artist seems to amplify such small opposites, enhancing thereby the tension of the whole composition.
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