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Squash

Often associated with the hyperrealism of the 1970s and ’80s, Claudio Bravo brought an old-world exoticism to his imagery that was in sharp contrast to the slick modern streetscapes of his American counterparts. Born in Chile, Bravo lived in Tangier, Morocco, from 1972 until his death. The city’s diverse culture permeates his imagery. Bravo claimed that he went to the city’s central market every morning with his driver, Bashir, to buy staples for his meals and still lifes. Since squash is a favorite ingredient in tajine, it is not hard to imagine the vegetables being consumed shortly after this drawing’s completion. However, the squash offer more than just a regional flavor. Their cool, green color and smooth, sensuous curves provide a visual contrast to the warm tonality of the red wall and the geometric patterns and rough texture of the Moroccan carpet on the tabletop.

Claudio Bravo
Chilean, 1936–2011
Squash
1985
Pastel on paper
Image/sheet: 28 1/8 x 42in. (71.4 x 106.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 86.3

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