Antonio López is not only a painter. Sculpture has interested him since he was a student of Fine Arts, and it has become a medium as important to him as painting, at times perhaps even more so, especially in the representation of the human figure.
His most ambitious sculptural project is undoubtedly Man and Woman (1968–94), two figures on which he worked over the course of twenty-six years, with long interruptions and changes in approach. Man and Woman developed out of an interest in the canon of human proportions, but the augmentation of the male figure’s led to an irreconcilable disproportion between the man and the woman.
Together with this work, we include in our exhibition two of his most recent sculptures: the horizontal, weighty Recumbent Man (2011) and the ascending, light Female Figure. Eve (2011).
- Man and Woman, 1968-1994. Polychrome wood. Man: 195 x 59 x 46 cm.; woman: 169 x 42 x 38 cm. Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Antonio López. VEGAP. Madrid, 2011.
- Manuel. Drawing with measurements for a sculpture, 1985. Pencil on paper. 186 x 92 cm. Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Antonio López. VEGAP. Madrid, 2011.
- Female figure (Eve) , 2010.White wax and plaster. 67 x 53 x 25 cm. Artist’s collection. © Antonio López. VEGAP. Madrid, 2011.
- Profile and front view for Recumbent Man (Francisco), 2009. Pencil, blue felt-tip pen and tracing paper on paper. 140.5 x 220.5 cm. Artist’s collection. © Antonio López. VEGAP. Madrid, 2011.