We know of only two single portraits of standing women wearing a soccer club uniform. Both are dated 1926. One is La futbolista morena (Brunette Soccer Player) dressed in red and painted by a hand rail, and La futbolista rubia (Blond Soccer Player) posing by the white goal pole. In the present painting, the model shows a strong constitution but still a quite elegant, classically proportionate feminine body. Her strong legs contrast the graceful, softened features of her face and the melancholic gaze in her eyes. Knowing Zárraga's profound religious feelings (a possible source of inspiration for this particular pose could be a classical Virgin and Child). La Futbolista Rubia is gently holding the ball much in the same way Mary would be holding an infant Jesus. Like the model in La Futbolista Rubia, Mary looks away as a premonition of the suffering awaiting her innocent child. As in classical religious painting, the figure’s face expands chromatically in the background engulfed by clouds that allude to an aura of sainthood.
(1) Michele Greet, "From Cubism to Muralism, Angel Zarraga in Paris," Ángel Zárraga. Retrospectiva, Mexico City: Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Apr.-Jul. 2014).
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