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Carlos Cruz-Diez, 1923–2019

Physichromie No. 2261966

As a student Carlos Cruz-Diez studied Josef Albers’s research into colour and optics. Since 1959, he has applied his knowledge of the physics of colour and vision to produce numerous ‘Physichromies’, pieces whose colours appear to change when viewed from different angles. By applying thin strips of metal and coloured stripes of plastic onto painted colour lines, Cruz-Diez achieved a moiré-like effect, generating countless colour variations according to the movement of the viewer and intensity of the light.

MediumPainted wood and perspex
Dimensions Unframed, 81.3 x 61.1 x 9.3 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.186 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie No. 226, 1966, Painted wood and perspex, Unframed, 81.3 x 61.1 x 9.3 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Carlos Cruz-Diez 1923–2019

Venezuela artist Carlos Cruz-Diez attended the School of Fine Arts in Caracas. He worked in illustration and advertising before leaving Venezuela to live in Spain and France. Throughout his career Cruz-Diez investigated the nature of colour as an autonomous reality and the active participation of the viewer. Cruz-Diez exhibited extensively from the 1960s. His work is represented in major collections including MoMA, New York; the Tate Gallery, London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

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