Since he began painting in his home province of Segovia, Spain, Esteban Vicente almost always used color as a way of capturing the quintessence of the place in which he lived and worked. But it was not until moving to America in 1936 that he gradually shifted away from the dark tones often associated with Spain and Spanish painting to a brighter, more vibrant palette. The Garden Paintings, a collection of abstract works from the 90’s, is a testimonial to his late painting and the chemistry of color that was its hallmark. Vicente’s work may be found in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In Spain, his work is included in the Institut Valencià D’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencià; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, a museum established by the Spanish Government in Vicente’s honor in 1998.