Julio Romero de Torres
- Julio Romero De Torres
- Dora la Cordobesa (Dora the Cordoban)
- signed J ROMERO DE TORRES lower right
- oil and tempera on paper
- 93 by 60cm., 36½ by 23½in.
Fernando 'Claridades' Gillis (bullfighter; possibly acquired through the charity bullfight in Alcalá de Henares for which the present work was originally commissioned)
Galería José R. Ortega, Madrid
Purchased from the above by the present owner circa 1995
The present work exhibits Romero's admiration for a fellow Cordóban, the famed singer Dolores Castro Ruiz (1902-1965), known as 'Dora la Cordobesita' or 'La Niña'.
Painted in the early 1920s, at the peak of La Niña's career as a singer and entertainer, when she had just enjoyed a triumphant run at the Teatro Romea in Madrid, the present work is one of three known portraits of La Niña by Romero, the others being A la Espalda de una Guitarra and the design for the liqueur Anís 'La Cordobesa' (fig. 1). La Niña found fame in the greatest theatres and music-halls of Spain, and married the Sevillian bullfighter Manuel 'Chicuelo' Jiménez in 1927 in Cordóba.
Although Romero de Torres spent most of his life in Madrid and in his native Córdoba, his extensive travels in Europe and Argentina opened his eyes to the viewpoints of Symbolism, Realism and Impressionism. Women of all social classes posed for Romero at his easel, from prostitutes to society hostesses, and when he died, every shop, theatre and bar in Córdoba closed its doors and the whole city poured onto the streets for his funeral.