Tey Teobaldo. Vista general.
Rey Teobaldo. Vista de detalle.

The author gives no reference as to the particular Navarre monarch in question, given the fact that two consecutive kings, pertaining to the French house of Champagne, had the same name. Specifically, Theobald I (1234-1253), the troubadour king, and also his son and successor, Theobald II (1253-1270), known for his participation in the crusades together with his father--inlaw St Luis of France. The work itself is initially based on a figurative concept, although it ends up treading that fine line separating figuration from abstraction. The figurative references in the work are self evident: two legs, an arm accompanied by its corresponding hand, a shape for the head… but from then onwards the references start to disappear.

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Encuentro de Manuel Clemente OchoaFuga de Javier Muro
The route

Public University of Navarre


King Theobald

José Antonio Eslava, 1995

Wrought iron and a round stone.

Figure: 148 x 40 x 33 cm.


Installation: 2000. Library.