Chillida Eduardo Eduardo Chillida, notes of biography, prints gallery Champetier
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Eduardo Chillida

"Unity is not given to us at first. We have to gain it through merit."


Notes of biography

Eduardo Chillida was born in 1924 in the Spanish Basque country. From 1943 till 1947, he studied architecture at the University of Madrid, studies that he left. In 1947, Chillida took courses of drawing and began to sculpture. In 1948, and for three years, he lived in Paris and exhibit works to the Salon de Mai.
He settled down to Hernani (Spain) in 1951 and made wrought iron abstract sculptures, so taking responsibility for the tradition of the wrought- iron makers of the Basque country. The first exhibition of Eduardo Chillida is organized in 1954 and, four years later, the artist received the first prize of Sculpture in the Biennale de Venice.
In search of the inaccessible, the work of Eduardo Chillida consisted in defining the space which animated the subject, he worked the iron, cut the granite, the alabaster, the steel, the wood, mould the clay, conceived imaginary labyrinths. All over the world, Chillida made monumental sculptures for publics orders.
In the same time, the artist created an impressive graphic work, made essentially by etchings, in which the white is predominant and where the opposition of the height and the space exists. His etchings illustrated numerous works. Interested in the thought of the philosopher Martin Heidegger, Chillida made with this one the work « Art and Space » (1968).
In 1971, he is named a professor to the university of Houston (United States), city where, in 1966, had been organized the first one of a long series of retrospectives dedicated to his work. Throughout his artist's life, Eduardo Chillida almost received all the existing prices: of that from la Biennale de Venice to Kandinsky, Wilhem Lehmbruck to the Principe de Asturias, German Kaiserring to the Imperial Price in Japan. In 2000, he created his foundation in Hernani, Chillida-Leku ("Lieu-Chillida" in Basque language).
He died in 2002 in San Sebastian. Heidegger, Emile Cioran, or the poet Octavio Paz and many others else, wrote on the man and on his work.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« L'oeuvre gravé et sculpté », 2 Vol., G. Michelin, Maeght Editeur, 1979 *« L'oeuvre graphique », J. Clay, Maeght Editeur, 1980 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Chillida », Claude Esteban, Maeght Editeur, 1971
  • « Eduardo Chillida - Skulpturen », Carl Haenlein, Ed. Kestner-Gesellschaft, 1981
  • « Chillida », O. Paz, Maeght Editeur, Paris, 1992
  • « Chillida 1948-1998 », Caja Madrid Fundacion, 1999
  • « Chillida », Giovanni Carandente, David Finn, Ed. Könemann, 2000
  • « Chillida : 1948-1998 », M. Barmann, M. N. Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Ed. Actar, 2000
  • « Eduardo Chillida - Elkartu », collectif, cat. d'expo., Ed. Museum Schloss Moyland, 2001
  • « Eduardo Chillida », D. Abadie, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, RMN, 2001
  • « Chillida en sus manos », Fundacion Bancaja, 2002
  • « Eloge de C. - Poétique de la matière », M. De Beistegui, Ed. Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2011
To read from the artist :
  • « L'arôme du chemin », collection Entretien, Maeght Editeur, 2004, 2011
  • « Writings », Richter - Fey Verlag GmbH, 2011
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Art movements

+ MODERN SCULPTURE / 1930-1970 / William Kenneth Armiage, Constantin Brancusi, Anthony Caro, Naum Gabo, Pablo Gargallo, Isamu Noguchi, etc.
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Beyond works currently in stock, it seemed to me useful to combine business with pleasure by letting you discover others works by artists in my gallery. These artworks, now sold or removed from our website, have been in our stock in the past.

These pages will undoubtedly make it possible for some of you to associate an image with its title or the other way round, for others it will be a good time to discover more on such and such artist. For the sake of confidentiality – the pieces being no longer available – we won't display neither their numbering or their price. For whatever reason, make sure to visit this amazing art database with to date 6441 online works just for your pleasure! Michelle Champetier

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