Art is front and center in the living spaces of the The Sebastian – Vail, and for good reason. With its ability to captivate, inspire and set the tone for our living spaces, the hotel’s collection of paintings and modern sculpture have become one of its most cherished amenities.
Here’s the inside story on four of the artists whose works are central to The Sebastian – Vail experience.
The work of Manuel Felguérez transcends medium and genre. Uniting painting and sculpture into a movement that writer Octavio Paz called “new muralism,” Felguérez works are shape-shifting, imaginative and striking.
Of particular note, is a striking set of small, table-top sculptures in painted steel that balance the organic shapes of nature with an inclination toward architecture. XIX simultaneously resembles a bull or the scales of justice. XVII (pictured above) could be a sailboat or a breaking wave.
The Sebastian – Vail has eight sculptures and four paintings by Manuel Felguérez on display in The Library and Lobby.
Seven works by the 20th century Surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington can be found at The Sebastian – Vail. Married to Max Ernst and a contemporary of Dali and Picasso, Carrington found significant inspiration later in life in Mexico, where she lived for six decades.
The bronze works in our collection are slender figures with neutral expressions set in stoic poses. La Hija del Minotauro (The Minotaur’s Daughter) is a striking figure at the entrance to Leonora Restaurant ( named after the artist). Seated with a flowing robe, the half cow/half human figure seems to gesturing for calm with her hands; her slender neck, almost reminiscent of a gazelle more than a bovine.
Adding bursts of vivid color to The Sebastian – Vail, the expressive paintings of Victor Chaca are a whimsical addition to our collection.
Born in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1948, Chaca’s works are unique for their use of sand on canvas to lend his work a coarse texture, which interplays beautifully with the brilliantly colored figures in his work. Three of his works are located in the Leonora Restaurant, including Pyramid, which depicts four ochre-colored figures stacked top each other, their extended arms more expressive than their seemingly masked faces.
A singular work by renowned 20th century Mexican artist Gunther Gerzso is on display in the Sebastian Vail. Entitled Totem, the chunky 1-meter x 1-meter work of bronze conveys extreme angularity and movement. A beautiful green patina has overtaken the 1995 work.
Gerzso was born in Mexico City in 1915, and his works have been exhibited at several major art museums around the world. In 1973, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
While the works of these four Mexican artists are the central focus of our hotel’s collection, we have complemented them with specially commissioned art to enhance the living spaces throughout the property. From the abstract photograph of snow on tree branches behind the Concierge Desk, to the metal “twig” chandelier by Joe Cooper over our Front Lobby, you will see numerous works of refined beauty to enhance the mood.
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We invite you to experience these amazing works of art at The Sebastian – Vail, an award-winning hotel located in the heart of Vail Village. Book your stay today, or contact us to learn more about ownership opportunities within the Private Residence Club.