Atocha

1964
Antonio López García (Spanish, born in 1936)


Dimensions

37 x 41 in. (40 1/4 x 45 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. overall)

Accession Number

2003.42

Medium or Technique

Oil on wood

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe

Classifications

Paintings

The train station at Atocha holds a special place in Antonio López García’s memory; it is through this very station that he first entered Madrid as a teenager, on his way to prepare for the entrance exams at the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Indeed, López García’s depiction of this transitional space, with its nearly impressionistic, cold atmosphere, evokes a sense of nostalgia. But this scene vacillates between memory and surreal dream, as a man and woman copulate on the cold floor, disrupting-even opposing-the quiet streets of Atocha in the early morning.

Provenance

The artist; with Staempfli Gallery, New York; about 1965, purchased by Melvin N. Blake (b. 1927 - d. 1999) and Frank M. Purnell (b. 1930 - d. 1994), New York; gift of the estate of Melvin Blake to MFA, Boston, January 22, 2003

Credit Line

Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Collection

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.