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Ángel Zárraga
(1886-1946)
FUTBOLISTAS EN EL LLANO
Estimation
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Lot. Vendu 929,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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15
Ángel Zárraga
(1886-1946)
FUTBOLISTAS EN EL LLANO
Estimation
700 000900 000
Lot. Vendu 929,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A Vision of Grandeur: Masterworks from the Collection of Lorenzo H. Zambrano

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Ángel Zárraga
(1886-1946)
FUTBOLISTAS EN EL LLANO
signed and dated 1924-1928 lower left; also indistinctly titled on the reverse
oil on canvas
69 by 48 in.
175 by 122 cm
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Provenance

Collection of the artist's family, Mexico City
Sale: Christie's, New York, Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, May 1, 1990, lot 25, illustrated in color

Exposition

Mexico City, Galería de la Plástica Mexicana, Ángel Zárraga, no date
Mexico City, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Ángel Zárraga, January-February 1985

Bibliographie

Grupo Financiero Bital, Zárraga, Milan, 1997, p. 34, illustrated in color

Description

"Gestures are eternal," says Angel Zárraga. "When you lift your hands to the sky to implore for a divine grace or when you catch a ball others are fighting for, the attitude is always the same: [it represents] anxiety, desire, hope…"

Much like his beloved Jean Baptiste Chardin, Zárraga's versatility in treating nudes, religious and sport related images convey one underlying message: paintings must exhibit certain qualities, a solid construction and carefully crafted chromatic values to suggest a sense of permanence and aspiration. 

Zárraga was arguably the first 20th-Century artist to explore the world of soccer. His male—and surprisingly—female subjects are often times painted in the heat of a game, kicking, disputing a ball, or solidly posing for the artist in quasi-heroic poses after the game. Not surprisingly, his contemporary Aristide Maillol ascribed him to the “Evolutive Classicism” movement he promoted in the early 1920's. 

Futbolistas en el llano freezes a rapid sequence of events: the man in the far distance is looking at the ball he just kicked while one of the defenders falls under the body of the player wearing a green shirt attempting a header goal. The tall keeper rejects the ball with his two fists. The pyramidal construction Zárraga employs here—one of his favorite compositional structures—underlines the strong diagonals of the pink goal keeper. Sun rays increase the tension and suspense in this masterfully crafted mise-en-scène.  

Zárraga´s interest in soccer was obviously inspired by his model, lover and wife of 5 years, Jeannette Ivanoff. A Russian born star in the French women´s soccer team, she was part of the team that won the world cup in 1922. Interestingly, Futbolista rubia, one of Zárraga´s portraits of female soccer players of 1926 is also being offered as part of this sale (Lot 31).

A Vision of Grandeur: Masterworks from the Collection of Lorenzo H. Zambrano

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New York