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The Artist's Son, Ignacio, Seated
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio
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Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio

Valencia (Spain), 1849 - Godella, Valencia (Spain), 1916

Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio See author's file

The Artist's Son, Ignacio, Seated

1887. Oil on canvas Room 062A

Ignacio Pinazo’s fondness of childhood scenes led him to make frequent sketches -both drawings and oils- of his two sons, José and Ignacio. The younger child, Ignacio, was especially handsome and his delicate features, curly brunette hair and expressiveness especially attracted the painter’s attention. He therefore appears in numerous works, many of which are now at the Museo del Prado. Here, he is barely four years old, but his personality is already very clear. Pinazo’s first biographer, González Martí, called this work The Pensive Child. Possibly somewhat tired of posing for his father, young Ignacio reclines rather languidly on his wooded and wicker chair while holding some apples with which he barely entertains himself. Nevertheless, he directs a smiling gaze at his father.

The sharp angle of his head and the intense illumination that enters from the left, producing a marked contrast between light and shadows, brings considerable light to the child’s face. Pinazo used the same techniques in various self-portraits, including one at the Museo del Prado, in which the contrast is particularly dramatic.

Also quite characteristic of Pinazo’s work is the use of black here. Energetic brushstrokes powerfully define the folds in the child’s clothing as well as their contrast with the patch of dark green in the background. The execution is very free, leaving some parts of the anatomy quite sketchy, including the left hand. The right, which is closer to the viewer, is much more clearly resolved. The broad brushstrokes and sober tonalities of gray and chestnut contrast with the golden shine of the apple that young Ignacio holds in his right hand. Those dark colors recall the artist’s fondness of the 17th-century Spanish tradition. Also reminiscent of that tradition is the boy’s natural posture, captured in its most immediate spontaneity by the artist.

That spontaneity is characteristic of his portraits and is won of his main contributions. In his entry speech at the Academy of Fine Arts of San Carlos, Pinazo pointed out that the finest works by painters are from that genre, the touchstone for determining each artist’s greater or lesser degrees of talent, observation and sentiment. This final aspect, sentiment, is clearly reflected in works such as the present one, which is the result of an immediate and direct effusion towards the subject (Text drawn from Barón, J.: El Siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2007, pp. 354-355).

Technical data

Inventory number
P004571
Author
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio
Title
The Artist's Son, Ignacio, Seated
Date
1887
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 65 cm.; Width: 53 cm.
Provenance
Acquired from Ignacio Pinazo Martínez, son of the author, 1957; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1957-1968; Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, 1968-1971

Bibliography +

Un siglo de arte español: 1856-1956, Ministerio de Educación Nacional, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, 1955, pp. 296.

Camón Aznar, José, Le Portrait Espagnol du XIV Au XIX Siècle, Ministere de la Culture, Bruselas, 1970, pp. nº90.

Garín Llombart, Felipe Vicente, I. Pinazo(1849-1916), Dirección General de Bellas Artes, 1981, pp. nº 119.

El niño en el Museo del Prado, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1983, pp. 167 nº66.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 197.

Puente, Joaquín de la, Pintura Española del Siglo XIX. Catálogo, Moscu, 1987.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Maestros de la pintura valenciana del siglo XIX en el Museo, Museo Nacional del Prado, Autoridad Portuaria, Madrid, 1997, pp. 152 nº24.

Díez, José Luis; Barón, Javier (ed.), El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 354 nº84.

Pinazo :el retrato infantil, IVAM, Valencia, 2007.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 474.

Other inventories +

Registro del Museo de Arte Moderno, 1954. Núm. 214.

Actas traslado de obras MEAC - Prado, 1971-1973. Núm. 591.

Exhibitions +

El Siglo XIX en el Prado
31.10.2007 - 20.04.2008

Maestros de la pintura valenciana del siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado
Valencia
25.11.1997 - 25.01.1998

Pintura española del siglo XIX: de Goya a Picasso
San Petersburgo
05.04.1987 - 08.06.1987

Pintura española del siglo XIX: de Goya a Picasso
Moscú
25.02.1987 - 01.04.1987

Location +

Room 062A (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 06-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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