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    La nueva estructura de la pintura perceptista : continuación / Raúl Lozza
    Perceptismo : Teórico y polémico (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- No. 5 (Jul.-Ago. 1952)
    Journal article – Essays
    Lozza, Raúl. "La nueva estructura de la pintura perceptista: Continuación." Perceptismo: Teórico y polémico (Buenos Aires), no. 5 (July-August 1952).

A text that analyzes the structure of Perceptivist painting by discussing the different solutions found throughout the history of painting. Raúl Lozza analyzes the variations of color in the history of painting—from the contrasts based on the values of chiaroscuro to the symbolic and mystical connections, from the complementary colors to the relationship of tones, weight, or dynamism—in order to conclude that, in Perceptivism, the vehicle of the chromatic relationship is form and its character.


Perceptismo. Teórico y Polémico [Perceptivism: Theoretic and Polemic] was the official publication for the Perceptivist group. In its seven issues—which circulated in Buenos Aires between October of 1950 and July of 1953—Raúl Lozza, Rembrandt van Dyck Lozza (1915), and Abraham Haber (1924–1986) wrote their essays. The last issue incorporated the subtitle “Homenaje al esfuerzo por la paz” [Tribute to the Effort Toward Peace] and the group decided to withdraw it from sale in light of the risk of having the edition seized due to the censorship that prevailed at the time.

Perceptivism is the name given to the proposal created by Argentinean artist Raúl Lozza, after his split from the Asociación Arte Concreto — Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association]. The Perceptivist argument is supported by three principles: the substitution of the traditional background by the notion of field (architectural wall), the creation of “cualimetría” [quality measurements] of the flat form, and the centrifugal structure of references in space, which seeks to preclude the incidence of the periphery.

Raúl Lozza (1911–2008) was an Argentinean artist born in Alberti, Province of Buenos Aires. He was a part of the editorial group of the journal Contrapunto [Counterpoint], was a founding father of the Asociación Arte Concreto — Invención and, in 1947, he created Perceptivism, an orientation that had its own publication. Lozza continued working both on a relational theory of color and on the notion of the colored field.

This source has been selected insofar as it sets the programmatic bases of Perceptivist structure, in an analysis that is developed in issues 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the magazine Perceptismo. Teórico y Polémico.

Cristina Rossi
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Courtesy of the private archives of Raúl Lozza, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Archivo Fundación Espigas.