The Easel

Lygia Clark: Painting as an Experimental Field 1948-1958

Starting out in Rio de Janeiro, Clark was a figurative painter. Tuition from Ferdinand Leger during a sojourn in Paris changed all that. What Clark responded to most was not his Cubism but his instinct for geometric shapes. Geometric abstraction quickly became her signature style, a style increasingly devoid of colour. Observing her stark shapes, she famously said “What I seek is to compose a space”.