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Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa
SPANISH
GITANA PONIÉNDOSE FLORES (GITANA WITH FLOWERS)
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa
SPANISH
GITANA PONIÉNDOSE FLORES (GITANA WITH FLOWERS)
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Details & Cataloguing

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Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa
1871 - 1959
SPANISH
GITANA PONIÉNDOSE FLORES (GITANA WITH FLOWERS)
signed H. ANGLADA-CAMARASA lower right
oil on canvas
110 by 69cm., 43¼ by 27in.
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Provenance

Private collection, Barcelona

Exhibited

Barcelona, Real Círculo Artístico, Exposición-Homenaje Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa, 1955

Literature

Francesc Fontbona and Francesc Miralles, Anglada Camarasa, Barcelona, 1981, p. 258, no. C14, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

By the nineteenth century, Spain had embraced Gypsy myth and lore. The Romantics were in awe of the gypsies for their otherworldliness and seeming ability to commune with nature, while the following generation of artists and writers, driven by patriotism in the wake of Spain's colonial losses, venerated the gypsy as the quintessential icon of Spanish identity. Nonell, Zuloaga, and Solana were among Anglada's contemporaries who endowed the gitana with a gravitas, at times playful, at times austere, that linked her inextricably with Spain's psyche.

Painted circa 1907, the present work is amongst the first paintings by the artist dedicated to this subject. Standing before a Mediterranean landscape, a gitana holds a bouquet above her head as she dances the flamenco. Depicting the gypsy as a synthesis of brilliant colours and rhythmic forms, Anglada lifts her out of reality to a wholly aesthetic plane. The colours are mesmeric, while the striking rhythmical forms have a musicality about them which is reminiscent of the gypsy sub-culture most nobly embodied by dance and flamenco.

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