OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED & TITLED ON REVERSE DATED 1957
39" X 32"
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay on November 6th 1922 Carlos Carnero would become a painter better known in France than his homeland. As a nineteen-year-old, and displaying early promise as a painter, he enrolled in the Instituto Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Montevideo. Here he took a general art course that kept him at the academy until 1946. The following year, and with the war now over, he left for Paris. Arriving in Paris he soon realized that in order to make a living as a painter he would need further training. His talents were quickly spotted by Andre Lhote who invited him to become a pupil and assistant at his atelier. Carlos Carnero continued to study with Lhote but eventually would move to his own Paris studio around 1951. In 1953 he had his debut one-man exhibition which was well received by the public and critics alike. His work of this period was described as as having a ‘vie geologique’ due to its abstract, textural quality. In 1955 his style would change dramatically when he met, and collaborated with, the great Fernand Léger. The influence of Léger is clearly evident in this striking example, painted two years after his first meeting in 1957. That same year he was invited to show his work at the Biennale de Paris, marking the first time his work would be widely seen. He continued to enjoy success and in 1962 had his debut exhibit at the Salon Comparaisons, a venue that would exhibit his work annually until 1966. Carlos Carnero died in Paris in 1980. His work can be seen on public display at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and at the museums of Grenoble and Le Havre.