A sculpture created in sheet iron with a fire polished surface, using a language which although figurative is far removed from pure realism, the anatomy of a naked, reclining woman holding a right angle in her raised left hand. José Antonio Eslava"s knowledge of Italian Renaissance, gained during his artistic education received in cities such as Florence and Rome, is clearly demonstrated in this work in which a number of mythological subjects are interlinked. In this way, the forced posture adopted by the woman shows a certain similarity with the same mythological personality of the Rape of Europe by Titian. However, in this sculpture, Eslava attempts to capture the goddess Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture and fertility. For this reason the artwork almost comes out of the ground. The artist bases his work on western artistic tradition and figurative principles, however the end result draws closer to the pure and rounded forms proposed by contemporary artists such as Brancusi, Arp or Moore. The work was acquired in 1990 by the City Council of Pamplona, at the «Art Spaces» exhibition organised within the commemorative acts of the 6th Centenary of the Coronation of Charles III, the Noble.
José Javier Azanza
Taconera park and zone around the Baluarte
José Antonio Eslava, 1990
Sheet iron with a fire polished surface. Concrete base.
Figure: 210 x 210 x 100 cm. Pedestal: 15 cm.
Installation: 1990. Parque de Antoniutti park. Next to the Taconera gateway.