Record details

  • generalData.authorNameInListings
    Manuel Ángeles Ortiz (1895-1984)
  • generalData.title
    Sitting boy
  • generalData.creationDate
    1926 - 1927
  • technicalData.measurements
    117 x 89 cm
  • technicalData.description
    Oil on board
  • technicalData.complementaryDescription
    The painting we are presenting can be dated from the Parisian period of the artist, when he began to exhibit at the Galerie des Quatre Chemins and the Galerie Berger. At this point in his career, works moved in two directions: while some were aligned with the new figuration,
    particularly focusing on female nudes, others, especially still lifes, leaned towards cubism. This Sitting boy is an emblematic testimony of Manuel Angeles Ortiz's role as a portraitist, which shows us the transition toward the new figuration. The figure presents a serious expression and clasped hands. If the face and upper part are defined, with particular attention to detail and the chiaroscuro of the dizzying folds of the dress and hair, the lower part of the boy is almost rough-hewn, and his legs appear as if covered by a blanket that hides shapes. The untreated wooden board background gives particular strength to the subject and highlights his figure. It is undoubtedly a work of great quality, created by one of the great introducers of the avant-garde in Spain, who was a point of reference for icons such as Salvador Dalí.
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