Houses in Plencia
Gordexola, Bizkaia, 23/08/1932-Plentzia, Bizkaia, 30/09/2012
Oil on canvas
79.5 x 100 cm
Last quarter of the 20th century
Acquired in 1983
- Toja's search for abstraction gives him a more modern air, something his master and friend Maidagan noted when he declared that, in his painting, the image shapes up "as a vocation to be itself rather than one of description." This is due to a conceptual attitude towards the models that derives ultimately from Pop Art and uses, as quotes, resources from Pointillism and Cubism. He also manages to cool the images, as happens in Houses in Plencia, in which the vibrant brushstroke is combined with a rigorous structure. In later paintings, images are fragmented, as a sort of conceptualizing factor, which consolidates Toja's desire for distancing. (Javier Viar)
- Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. p. 144.
- Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. pp. 144-145, n° cat. 79b.
- Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. p. 144.