Bullfighter "El Segovianito", by Ignacio Zuloaga.⁠ 🎨An

8/1/2021, 4:08:54 PM
Bullfighter "El Segovianito", by Ignacio Zuloaga.⁠ 🎨An exquisite portrait of a young bullfighter (probably Emilio Miguelañez), a subject from a so influential world of dramatism, beautiful women, zambras, guitars and fervent nationalism that the artist lived in. Though the sitter most likely an anonymous subject of the many Zuloaga had met during the beginning of his career, we know it is a young bullfighter not only for his factions but for the silver embroidery of his costume (not the capes and decorations): seasoned bullfighters earn the right to have golden embroidery after his “graduation” so to speak (“tomar la alternativa” in Spanish). Then they are allowed to fight larger bulls, in more distinguished arenas, and other professional recognitions.⁠ 👨‍🎨Ignacio Zuloaga (Spanish, 1870-1945) was one of the most remarkable painters in 20th century, celebrated both internationally and in his homeland. Considered by many the last great master of Spanish painting, his work was one of the most disputed due to the harshness of its drama. The expression of a stubborn realism in presenting the chronicle of the time, particularly of a Castile somewhat deformed by ’98 literature, although influenced by a wide repertoire of teachers that could be led by El Greco and Puvis de Chavannes. Known for his affiliation with the National side during Spanish Civil War, he was favoured by Franco dictatorship for his compelling celebrations of national themes. He was a great fan of bullfighting, a theme that he represented in his paintings, getting to go out into the ring on occasion. His style includes urban landscapes of the towns of Spain, popular types, and a realistic and emotional way of approaching scenes. Goya's influence is present on both the bullfighting theme and its crude representation, and the use of a dark chromatic palette where the presence of black stands out and connects Zuloaga’s work with literare references such as Quixote by Gustave Doré.⁠ 📐Height: 200 cm (78.7 in). Width: 108.6 cm (42,7 in). Oil on canvas, 1912. ⁠ What do you think about this? ⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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