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Barbadillo (Cazalla de la Sierra, Seville, 1929–Málaga, 2003), was a painter who saw what he
His personal quest was related to the geometric abstractions that aspired to overcome the subjective, individualistic vision of Art Informel. Those abstractions, called “normative” because of their insistence on the use of reason and moderation, even tried to apply their proposals to everyday life, as if in a last-ditch attempt to model their ideal utopian society.
Barbadillo’s stay in Morocco in the late 1950s and his sense of being close to the purity of a source
During his time in North America, he strove to express the impressions received in Morocco through
The module is where spirit and guts, body and soul converge in a current of energy that renews itself every second yet always remains the same. Geometry, the revealed number of the Pythagoreans, steeped in reason and mysticism, inspired a body of work in which the computer was merely a tool for generating the results of all the combinations to which the module was subjected; but it was the artist’s intuition—his poetic reason, as María Zambrano would say—which chose the definitive configuration that led to the painting where the idea of a simultaneously ancient and future order resided.
The different stages of Barbadillo’s prolific career were marked by the emergence of new modules and how they combined and interacted with others.