(1924 – 2002), Spain

Eduardo Chillida Artworks

Early Sculpture

Eduardo Chillida started with figurative sculpture based on the simplified human form, encouraged by his friendship with the abstract painter and sculptor Pablo Palazuelo, and the Archaic Greek sculptures in the Louvre.

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Curved Steel Abstractions

However he soon moved away from the plaster or stone torsos of works such as Recumbent (1949). His projects became much larger and more abstract, and saw him working with forged steel or cast iron after returning to Basque Country in the early 1950s.

A characteristic motif in the public sculpture Chillida methodically explored over the following years involved massive rhythmic and extended linear curves that evoke open hands or claws. These are often made from rust-coloured Corten steel, and the site very carefully chosen. See for example, the gigantic three-part Comb of the Wind (1976), Berlin (2000), and De Musica IV (1999). Sometimes he made concrete versions of these, such as From the Horizon (1956) and Monument to Tolerance (1992).

Other cast-iron works are corners made of heavy slabs, featuring intersecting vertical and horizontal planes, as in Topos V (1986).

Smaller Works

Over the period of 1954—1966 Chillida made 'Anvil of Dreams', a series of small portable sculptures based on the process of hammering in a forge, but incorporating vertical blocks of wood as plinths ('anvils') supporting spatially extended steel forms ('hammers'). Examples include Anvil of Dreams XIII (1962), Anvil of Dreams III (1958), and Anvil of Dreams VIII (1959).

Love of Light

In 1961 Chillida travelled through Greece and Italy with his wife Pilar Belzunce and friend Jacques Dupin, the poet. He loved the Mediterranean light, especially its effect on the surfaces of austere white buildings, and the sculpture of Medardo Rosso.

The impact of this trip can be found in some of Chillida's sculptures that celebrate the glowing and subtly translucent properties of alabaster. Examples include Study for Homage to Kandinsky (1965) and three other prolific series: 'In Praise of Light' (1971), 'In Praise of Architecture' (1974;), 'House of Light' (1977), and 'Unorthodox Architecture' (1978).

Chillida was very friendly with two philosophers—Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard—both very interested in space. Chillida created seven lithographic collages to illustrate Heidegger's essay 'Art and Space', and Bachelard wrote about Chillida's practice, as did the Mexican poet Octavio Paz.

Chamotte Clay Sculptures

Chillida also made intimate chamotte clay forms, often painted on their vertical sides in black copper oxide, the simple geometric forms linked to his many drawings and prints. See for example Oxide G-312 (1995), Untitled (1977), and Continuation III (1966).

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Hierros de temblor III by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Hierros de temblor III, 1957 Bronze
27 x 72 x 41 cm
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Untitled by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print, drawing
Eduardo Chillida Untitled, 1984 Collage and ink on paper
57 x 45 cm
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Begirari I by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Begirari I, 1956 Iron and stone
171 x 37 x 49 cm
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Lurra 10 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Lurra 10, 1977 Chamotte clay
16.8 x 6.6 x 6 cm
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Besarkada VIII by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Besarkada VIII, 1995 Iron
16.5 x 8.5 x 6.5 cm
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Gravitación CH-97/GT-41 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Eduardo Chillida Gravitación CH-97/GT-41, 1997 Paper, ink, threads
26.6 x 39.6 cm
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Harri VI (Stone VI) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Harri VI (Stone VI), 1996 Granite
92 x 132 x 115 cm
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Gravitación (Gravitation) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Eduardo Chillida Gravitación (Gravitation), 1990 Cut paper, ink, string
25.1 x 28 cm
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Gravitación (Gravitation) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Eduardo Chillida Gravitación (Gravitation), 1997 Cut paper, ink, string
28.6 x 20.1 cm
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Oxido G-251 (Earth - Oxide G-251) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Oxido G-251 (Earth - Oxide G-251), 1992 Terracotta, copper oxide
24 x 25 x 12 cm
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Yacente (Recumbent) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Yacente (Recumbent), 1949 Plaster
70 x 40 x 34.5 cm
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Lurra G265 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Lurra G265, 1992 Terracotta
16.5 x 22 x 19 cm
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Sans titre by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Eduardo Chillida Sans titre, 1960 Pencil on paper
23.5 x 32 cm
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Gravitación by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork mixed media
Eduardo Chillida Gravitación, 1999 Paper, ink, threads
20.5 x 15.5 cm
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Gravitación by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork mixed media
Eduardo Chillida Gravitación, 1998 Paper, ink, threads
25.3 x 17.2 cm
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Lurra G-191(Earth G-19) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Eduardo Chillida Lurra G-191(Earth G-19), 1990 Chamotte clay
28.5 x 37 x 26.5 cm
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Homenaje a Pili (Homage to Pili) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Homenaje a Pili (Homage to Pili), 2000 Alabaster
73.8 x 127 x 138.5 cm
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Enparantza (Square) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Enparantza (Square), 1990 Steel
122.5 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm
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CH-87/GB-15 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork works on paper
Eduardo Chillida CH-87/GB-15, 1987 Paper, thread
21 x 30 cm
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Untitled by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork works on paper
Eduardo Chillida Untitled, 1996 Ink on paper
27.8 x 24.4 cm
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Aromas by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork print
Eduardo Chillida Aromas, 2000 33 framed prints; artist book
53.5 x 42.5 cm
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Sin Titulo by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork works on paper
Eduardo Chillida Sin Titulo, 1957 Ink on paper
26.3 x 30.8 cm
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Cemento G-152 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Eduardo Chillida Cemento G-152, 1989 Chamotte clay, copper oxide
46 x 21 x 8 cm
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Oxido G-207 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Eduardo Chillida Oxido G-207, 1991 Terracotta, copper oxide
24.5 x 34.2 x 21 cm
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Lurra 27 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Eduardo Chillida Lurra 27, 1979 Chamotte clay
29.5 x 24.5 x 11.5 cm
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Lurra 4 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Eduardo Chillida Lurra 4, 1997 Chamotte clay
20 x 28 x 10 cm
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Begirari III by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork sculpture
Eduardo Chillida Begirari III, 1994 Steel
96.5 x 82.4 x 37.5 cm
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Hildokatu III by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork works on paper
Eduardo Chillida Hildokatu III, 1981 Etching
116 x 77 cm
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