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Suggestive: Strauch seems to take the scenery and distill it.
Eduardo Strauch shows his work
Strong colors and planes that tend toward the abstract
Tonight at 7:30 in the hall of the YMCA in Montevideo will be the opening of an exhibition of the architect and painter Eduardo Strauch, consisting of 13 oil paintings on fiber, measuring 16x20 up to 28x36 inches. He is an architect who has been working for the last half century, who three years ago began experimenting in the land of painting.
Planismo, constructivism, and German expressionism are merged in his style, as he himself explained to the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais. “I am on a road of discovery. I began working with planismo, tending toward the abstract, with full use of colors and of the oil. I identify with German expressionism, in its manner of expression and its use of color. I have been inspired by emotions that I have had, travelling or even here in Uruguay, and sometimes I use photos as an element of inspiration, although I end up making something quite abstract,” he states.
These works lie between the figurative and the abstract, some born in distant landscapes, then reinterpreted in the studio. “I choose the themes according to the moments that generated the emotions, generally on trips because that is when one is most ready, most receptive. The photo, or the image that I have in my head, becomes a pretext, and from the emotion I go on to express it with shapes and colors.” So themes relating to ports, and especially mountains, take on new chromatic life. “The mountains inspire me greatly, and I express the emotions I experienced on the mountain in a quite abstract way,” adds the artist, whose palette has strong colors, in the spectrum of blues and turquoise, and in the warm colors, with reds and pinks. “I’ve started painting with many contrasts and strong colors, and in my latest works I tend toward the monochromatic, with just a touch of strong color,” he observes.
Although only three years along, Strauch feels that he had a long learning period prior to this, during the half century of his work in architecture. “Architecture has helped my painting very much. Drawing, the sense of proportion, composition, color, harmony, all are elements that architecture gave me. When I took up the brush I realized that I had a good foundation.”