Juan Batlle Planas
Tres personajes [Three Characters], 1941
Tempera on paper
Gift of Arte BA USA Foundation, 2007
Batlle Planas was familiar with the Surrealist exercise of automatism, an approach to drawing and writing that uses involuntary action as a means of accessing and expressing the subconscious. He was very interested in concepts related to spirituality and represented this realm by including in his compositions featureless figures which he saw as embodiments of mystic messengers. In Tres personajes [Three Characters], a work from a series of temperas that examines dream imagery, the three silhouetted figures represent the subconscious human mind.