Inventory number
P04627
Author
Rosales Gallina, Eduardo
Title
Ciocciara
Chronology
1862
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
125 cm x 75 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
No
Provenance
Museo de Arte Moderno

A frontal image of a young woman. She stands, leaning on a doorframe, wearing the typical costume of peasants from southern Lazio. This motif was frequently employed by Spanish painters traveling to Rome as they could rarely resist the temptation to make a depiction of customs like this one.

The model's ample blouse, bluish skirt and dark bodice contrast with the painting's overall greenish-brown color scheme. Also notable are the relaxed brushstrokes, applied with broad, broken gestures. The lighting and the demarcation of the figure's silhouette help to build the figure in space. In that sense, this work is close to the sobriety of Corot or Courbet's French realism, while the imprecise drawing of the young woman's hands and the resultant sense of movement recall some of Velasquez's works.

This painting was acquired for the Museum of Modern Art on 18 November 1940.

 
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