Esteban Lisa Exhibit Fuses Thought at McMullen Museum

Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art opened a new exhibit showcasing the works of Spanish artist Esteban Lisa on Sept. 16. Upon entering the exhibit, one may be taken aback by the stark contrast between the dark, rigidly geometric paintings that border the entrance, and the light, abstract works that explode off of the back wall. The name of the exhibit, abstract cabinet, is derived from the concept of using modestly sized spaces to display small pieces of artwork in order to create an intimate experience for viewers. The layout of the exhibit thoughtfully takes gallery goers through the chronology of Lisa’s colorful life and art.

The first collection of paintings, titled “Composiciones (Compositions),” includes Esteban Lisa’s paintings dating from 1930 to 1953 and is divided into two parts: 1930 to 1940 and 1940 to 1953. All of the works featured in “Compositions” are oil on cardboard paintings, many of which contain artwork on both sides of the cardboard, highlighting Lisa’s resourcefulness. The 1930 to 1940 display of “Compositions” is characterized by defined geometric shapes filled with darker tones of brown, blue, and green. Lisa, like Picasso and other artists of his time, uses lines and varying shades of similar hues to create the appearance of shapes within shapes. Some of the paintings depict recognizable landscapes, like “Paisaje Urbano (Urban Landscape),” while others contain subject matter that is not immediately obvious.

The theme of geometric images continues in the later works of “Compositions,” but Lisa incorporates “organic” elements. While Lisa maintains distinguishable shapes in these paintings, he adds a certain fluidity and roundness to the figures, both in their shape and in the use of playful lines and dots as decoration. The contrast of the geometric and organic represents the tension between reason and emotion in this collection, a theme that is discussed at length in his 1955 book, Kant, Einstein y…

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