Caldwell Gallery Hudson is pleased to present an exhibit of 15 works by Julio de Diego (1900-1979). Born in Spain, de Diego came to America in 1924, settling in Chicago. The artist began exhibiting regularly at the Art Institute of Chicago, culminating in a one-man show in 1935. He continued to travel and exhibit extensively throughout the 30's and 40's, with much of his interest and art created in response to war, strife, and the human condition.
In Homage to the Spanish Republic (1938) de Diego makes a poignant statement about the cost of the Spanish Civil War. Blue Print of the Future (1943) from the artist's reconstruction series, was reproduced in an article about de Diego in a 1946 issue of Life magazine. There are also five paintings from his "Atomic Series", which he painted in response to both the fear and fascination unleashed by the dawn of the atomic age. Utilizing a technique of oil and glazes on tempera, the appearance of these works is not unsimilar to bone china. The artist commented that in one of these paintings the figures fighting had lost their flesh, yet they still kept on waging war.
Also on display are a surreal landscape, an artwork from his "Altitute Series" which he painted in response to his first airplane flight, an Aztec themed piece, and two of his later fantasy works. Active until the end of his life, de Diego taught, made silver jewelry, and worked to improve artist's rights. Caldwell Gallery Hudson invites you to visit and see the work of a unique and visionary artist. On view until July 19.
Caldwell Gallery Hudson
355 Warren Street
Hudson, New York
About Caldwell Gallery Hudson
Joe and Marcy Caldwell founded The Caldwell Gallery in 1973. The principles they learned and applied as passionate collectors of early American art and antiques were ones they incorporated into the daily goal of their new enterprise - bringing great art, backed by exceptional value, to the homes of their clients. Joined by their son Jay Caldwell in 1985, The Caldwell Gallery expanded to include a focus on American modernist movements, including Post-War and Abstract Expressionist works. After 41 years in business, the Caldwell family decided to expand their activities in the art world with this new enterprise in the historic city of Hudson, NY.