Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, Part 2

This is the second post on Spanish artist Carlos Sáenz de Tejada; you can find the first one here.  If you haven’t already done so, I’d advise reading it, as it provides some background information on the artist.

Carlos Saenz de Tejada - Girl from Back, Luisita (1917)
Carlos Saenz de Tejada – Girl from Back, Luisita (1917)
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - At Los Olivares de Mallorca
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – At Los Olivares de Mallorca
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - Death of Don Miguel de Mahara
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – Death of Don Miguel de Mahara
Carlos Saenz de Tejada - El saqueo Valencia (Looting Valencia)
Carlos Saenz de Tejada – El saqueo Valencia (Looting Valencia)
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - New Market Square in Vitoria
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – New Market Square in Vitoria

Take a look at this masterful composition with its controlled chaos.  Note how your eye initially moves with the flow of the people in their ‘Z’ formation down the steps, and then–because the figures at the bottom are facing the opposite direction–back up the steps again.  The scene keeps the viewer transfixed, and the point near the bottom where the railing breaks and people begin to spill off the stairs becomes the focal point of the image.  Tejada knows exactly how to create tension . . . and hold it.

Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - Flight from Bilbao (1938)
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – Flight from Bilbao (1938)
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - Girl with Teddy Bear (1932)
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – Girl with Teddy Bear (1932)

Another excellent composition.  Please ignore the Nazi and fascist flags and pay attention merely to the design.  Take note of how the image itself mimics a ‘V’, the first letter in the magazine’s title, and how the red and black flag of the Falange (upper right, just below the second ‘E’ in ‘VERTICE’) mimics the red diacritic mark above the first ‘E’.  The repeating pattern of the flags completes this stylized art deco design.

Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - Vertice cover, April 1937
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – Vertice cover, April 1937
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - Colombina (1950)
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – Colombina (1950)
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada - Fashion Illustration
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada – Fashion Illustration
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada
Carlos Sáenz de Tejada
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