Artwork by Eduardo Kingman,  “Figura”

Eduardo Kingman

oil on canvas
signed lower left; titled and inscribed “o’lea de EDUARDO KINGMAN” verso
27.75 x 25.5 ins ( 70.5 x 64.8 cms )

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Private Collection, Saskatoon
In 1935 Kingman submitted a controversial work to Ecuador’s esteemed Mariano Aguilera Prize. It caused outcry among the conservative jury and was rejected from the competition. However, the following year Kingman’s peers championed him and the same work won first prize in the same competition. The moment lead to Indigenism being adopted as the dominant artistic style in Ecuador. In the 1930s Kingman painted indigenous workers in a monumental style that emphasized their human suffering. After World War II, he expanded his themes to include all human deprivation to capture the universal humanity of his subjects.

“Figura” depicts a lone woman, with her head resting in her hands. The artist forms a triangular composition that leads the eye upwards towards the subject’s half obscured face. The oversized cupped hands magnify her despair with every etched line. The worn, crimson knuckles emphasize her suffering. Kingman was known for his exaggerated, expressive style, which we see here in this lovely example of his work.

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Soledad Kingman.

Proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit LuMinHos (The Lutheran Care Society of Saskatoon).

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Eduardo Kingman
(1913 - 1997)