Gouache and watercolor on paper
22 x 18 ⅛ inches
26 ⅝ x 21 ½ inches framed
Signed and dated lower right
Private collection, France
Andre Breton once was quoted as saying that Augustin Cardenas had hands “efficient as a dragonfly.” In Sans Titre, 1981 there is no denying the precision and accuracy when Cardenas executed this piece. Cardenas rarely had a work on paper that served as more than a study for his sculptures. The attention to detail and texture that is seen in Sans Titre, 1981, leads us to believe that this was more than a mere study making it a rarity among his works. The figure in the foreground mimics Cardenas’s sculptural forms, yet has dynamism of its own. The negative space, just like in sculpture, is just as important as the positive space.