Fernando Zobel. Untitled (WHITE SYRINGE PIECE), 1957, Ayala Museum Collection.
The Saetas marked the beginning of the artist’s journey to abstraction.  The long, fine calligraphic lines in Saeta paintings (1957-1959) were executed and controlled with the use of a surgical syringe. Saeta means arrow or dart or a Flamenco style of singing. Zóbel recalled that this series came together from encounters and experiences with the luminosity of Mark Rothko, the drippings of Jackson Pollock as well as Chinese calligraphy, and the elegant Ryoan-ji garden in Kyoto.


Other featured Saetas in the exhibition: