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In Eugenio Barney Cabrera: Una posición ante la vida (1980), psychiatrist Álvaro Villar Gaviria analyzes the work of Colombian art historian Eugenio Barney Cabrera on the occasion of his recent death. Villar Gaviria provides a detailed overview of Barney’s work in art history, discussing his contributions as an educator and academic. He praises Barney for examining aesthetic expressions from a socio-historical, economic, and geographic point of view, thus focusing on considerations fundamental to a modern appreciation of the artistic process.
This biographical sketch of art historian Eugenio Barney Cabrera (1917-1980) by psychiatrist Álvaro Villar Gaviria sheds light on Barney Cabrera’s aesthetic vision as well as his interest in pre-Hispanic and Modern art and the economic conditions surrounding artistic creation, all of which is evident in the encyclopedia Historia del Arte en Colombia de Salvat (1975), the first comprehensive study of Colombian art.
Barney Cabrera is a prime example of the professionalization of modern art history in Colombia. As a professor at the Universidad Nacional of Colombia, Barney Cabrera—a lawyer by training—worked on the following research projects: Geografía del Arte en Colombia (1963), Transculturación del Arte en Colombia (1962), and El arte agustiniano. Boceto para una interpretación estética (1964). His most important project was coordinating the work on the encyclopedia Historia del Arte en Colombia de Salvat (1975). Villar Gaviria asserts that Barney Cabrera’s work provides an understanding of the historical, economic, and social processes at stake in artistic expression produced in both the local and the national contexts.