|Vicente Martínez Sanz|
Vicente Martínez Sanz was among the very earliest art photographers in Spain. Sanz was trained as a traditional Spanish painter and this was evidenced in his early work which often depicted folkloric scenes in a pictorialist style. By 1932, however, Sanz’s photography began exhibiting clear surrealist influences. This photomontage is an excellent example of the surrealist direction in Sanz’s work, with its use of experimental techniques to suggest the workings of the subconscious mind.
A picture like this bears a strong resemblance to contemporaneous works by surrealist photographers like Maurice Tabard and Man Ray, which is all the more remarkable given Spain’s relative cultural isolation in the period. That said, while the surrealist movement was centered in Paris, the direct involvement of Spanish artists such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, and Buñuel meant that there were strong Spanish ties to the movement.
Because Spanish photography developed to a large degree along its own trajectory, photographers like Vicente Martínez Sanz have been overlooked in most official histories of fine art photography.
THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
Presented by AIPAD
May 20-22, 2022
VIP Preview: May 19, 2022
Center415, 415 Fifth Avenue, Ground and Second Floor, New York City
LAURENCE MILLER GALLERY Booth #219
We will have a selection of vintage prints by Vicente Martínez Sanz available to view as part of our presentation at the AIPAD photo fair—booth 219.
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