El Sereno

Accession Number

El Sereno

Afro (Afro Basaldella)

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

22 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in (56.52 cm x 39.37 cm);26 5/16 in x 18 7/8 in (66.83 cm x 47.94 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);22 7/16 in x 15 1/2 in (56.99 cm x 39.37 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
El Sereno is a nearly abstract composition that expresses Afro's emerging interest in Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. Afro Basaldella, who goes by Afro, was born in Italy to a family of artists. His two brothers Dino and Mirko became sculptors while he focused on painting and printmaking. Afro moved to New York City in 1950 and his style gradually shifted towards Abstract Expressionism. The translation of 'sereno' seems to be applied specifically to security guards in the street. 

Physical Description
This composition shows irregularly layered patches of red, black, yellow, and cream, representing a tall figure with a ring of keys in his left hand in the lower left quadrant. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.

Abstract (fine arts style)
color lithographs
figures (representations)
modern and contemporary art
security guards

& Author Notes

Web Use Permitted