Lot 28
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Francisco Iturrino

70,000 - 90,000 GBP
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  • Francisco Iturrino
  • Manolas Outside the Bullring
  • signed F. Iturrino lower left
  • oil on canvas
  • 78 by 99cm., 30¾ by 39in.


Acquired in Bilbao by the family of the present owner in the late 1970s; thence by descent 

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1904-06, Manolas Outside the Bullring was painted in Cordoba during one of the artist’s trips to Andalusia, where he immersed himself in local life and painted vibrant canvases of local festivities. Here, women dressed in the colourful mantones de Manila gathered at the bullring. The bright palette applied in a cloisonné style shows the influence of Iturrino's time in Paris, and in particular of the Fauves. 

Born in Santander, Iturrino grew up in Brussels where he received his first artistic training at the Académie St. Josse-ten-Noode. In 1895 he travelled to Paris, to which he returned on numerous occasions; it was here that his career flourished. Under the patronage of Ambroise Vollard, to whom this work is said to have belonged, Iturrino befriended artists including Picasso, Van Dongen, Derain and Matisse.

By the beginning of the twentieth century, Paris had attracted many Spanish artists including Anglada Camarasa and Pablo Picasso. Iturrino exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1903 and 1911 and took part in the Arte Moderno exhibitions in Bilbao (1900, 1905 and 1910), before returning to Spain during the First World War.