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Julio Alpuy

Julio Alpuy (Uruguayan, 1919–2009), Untitled [Two structures], Sin título [Dos estructuras], 1949, Graphite and ink on paper, 4 3/4 × 6 in., Gift of the estate of the artist, Object Number 2010.2224.A,.B. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / AGADU, Uruguay

Collaborate with a family member or friend to create ink drawings inspired by Julio Alpuy’s Untitled (Two Structures). Use the family-friendly activity guide and how-to video below to explore shapes and make one-of-a-kind drawings.

Uruguayan-born artist Julio Alpuy is known for his paintings, sculptures, and drawings, each marked by his unique style of stacking block-like forms that represent buildings, figures, and everyday objects.

Alpuy began his career in 1935 when he moved from Tacuarembó to Montevideo to study under artist Joaquín Torres-García. Alpuy’s early work evolved from the use of heavy impasto in still lifes and landscapes, to a more stylized body of paintings. His work is in the collections of the MFAH, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, among other institutions.

Explore more of Alpuy’s art in the MFAH collections, and let his 1949 drawing Sin título (Dos estructuras) [Untitled (Two Structures)] inspire you to make ink-on-paper drawings of your own.

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