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Ramón Casas
SPANISH
CHULA CON PAÑUELO AZUL (GIRL WITH A BLUE SCARF)
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Ramón Casas
SPANISH
CHULA CON PAÑUELO AZUL (GIRL WITH A BLUE SCARF)
Estimate
150,000250,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Ramón Casas
1866 - 1932
SPANISH
CHULA CON PAÑUELO AZUL (GIRL WITH A BLUE SCARF)
signed R Casas lower right
oil on canvas
73 by 46.5cm., 28¾ by 18¼in.
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Provenance

Sala Parés, Barcelona
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1972

Exhibited

Barcelona, Sala Parés, Una exposición extraordinaria. Horas felices de la pintura catalana, 1972, no. 8, illustrated in the catalogue
Barcelona, Sala Parés, Homenatge a Ramón Casas 1866-1932 amb motiu del 50è aniversari de la seva mort, 1982, no. 12

Literature

Alfonso Alcolea Albero, Ramón Casas, Sabadell, 1990, p. 197, illustrated (with incorrect measurements)
Isabel Coll, Ramón Casas, Catálogo Razonado, Murcia, 2002, p. 270, no. 304, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1898, the present work is one of Casas's most sophisticated portraits of the local chulas, a series of half or three-quarter length portraits of local girls of Madrid that he painted between 1896 and 1900 (fig. 1). Wearing folkloric dress - typically a head scarf with an ample shawl around their shoulders - in public the chulas had a penchant for walking with hands on hips, and were a very recognisable Madrid 'type' of the day. 

In the present three-quarter length painting Casas depicts the striking chula against a dark background, and in his sophisticated use of white, captures both the sitter's playful pose and the range of textural variations in the silk shawl, light fringe and formal skirt. 

Together with Rusiñol, Casas was one of the founding members of the Els Quatre Gats circle of artists in Barcelona, and a leading representative of the Catalan Modernista movement. Casas abandoned his studies when he was 11 years old in order to pursue his vocation as a painter. In 1882, aged sixteen, and with the financial support of his father, he travelled to Paris with Santiago Rusiñol. There he studied under Carolus Duran and at the Académie Gervex, where Eugène Carrière and Puvis de Chavannes taught. His talent did not go unnoticed, and just a year later he exhibited at the Salon des Champs Elysées. In 1900 Casas held a solo show at the Sala Parés in Barcelona, establishing him as the leading Catalan portrait painter of the day.

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