JULIO ROMERO DE TORRES
1874 - 1930
La 'Cantaora', Retrato de Sara Secades (The 'Singer', Sara Secades)
signed JULIO ROMERO / DE TORRES lower right; signed and inscribed on reverse
oil and tempera on canvas
90.5 by 80cm., 35½ by 31½in.
The canvas has not been lined and is securely attached to a wooden stretcher, possibly the original. There is a pattern of hairline craquelure throughout. However, the paint surface appears to be stable. Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals some minor, scattered spots and lines of retouching in the background, mostly addressing craquelure and some areas of old paint loss. With the exception of some minor cosmetic retouching in the sitter's face, the main figure is virtually untouched. This work is in good condition and is ready to hang.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame.
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Acquired by the present owner in 2011
Francisco Caravaca, 'El pintor Romero de Torres', in Heraldo de Madrid, Madrid, 20 November 1927, p. 8, illustrated (as La 'Cantaora')
Mercedes Valverde Candil, 'Sara Secades, modelo de Julio Romero', in Córdoba en Mayo, 2003
Painted circa 1926-27.
Sara Secades was a famous Oviedo-born singer whose performances in Spanish theatres met with great success in early 1900s. A close friend of Romero de Torres, she appears in at least eighteen canvases by the artist.
This work is recorded in the Julio Romero de Torres Museum, Córdoba (no. 1/04) and in the photographic library of Spanish Historical Heritage at the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (no. 31626-B).
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Mercedes Valverde.