Jorge Arche

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Jorge Arche
A from 1923 he studied in the in the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, Havana. He got linked to Cuban modern painters, and specially to Víctor Manuel García, from whom he received direct guidances of great importance for the development of his professional career. His oil painting, La Carta, (The Letter) got a prize at the First National Salon of Painting and Sculpture, 1935. Two years later he made a mural at the Escuela Normal para Maestros (School for Teachers) in Santa Clara and arranged his firs personal exhibition in the Havana Lyceum .
Within the movement he joined, he has a steady image, not breaking violent with the academic formation he received; it can be better stated that there was a compromise between modernism and clasisicm, to which he arrived through extreme depuration and a rigorous formal synthesis. He was a real specialist on protraits.
The need to go deeper in the character´s psychology within a given scheme, made him to look for models among relatives, friends and himself.
Arche appeared with his defined style. Drawing is the important element in compositions that aspire to lthe highest simplification.
Absence or few indications of environment concerning his first stage,became widened with a higher chromatic richness and a fine finishing which delete any trace of the brush. El retrato de Mary, (The Portrait of Mary) 1938, belongs to this stage, where even the landscape began to integrate the composition.
El retrato de Don Fernando Ortiz (The Portrait of Don Fernando Ortiz) located in an interior, is an example of the way factors are quoted by the author,–in this case orishas or African deities- to fulfill the necessary information that a work of such genre must give. Not quittng portrait intentions, works like Descanso (Rest) 1940 andJugadores de dominó (Domino players), 1941, give elements fulkl of a communicative richness.
Then, its importance within Cuban modern painting, lays in his work as portrait artist. His sight is always the one of an exquisite realist: the climate he has to do with the political speech that, without dramatisms, he succeed on constructing.