A sailor, possibly a fisherman, sits by the sea with a tired gesture: he touches the calf on his left leg with his right hand as if to confirm his stiffness. His legs are crossed and his eyes are closed after a long day at work. The beach appears in the background depicted by means of very simple lines, along with two ships. By placing the bulrush chair on the sand the sailor grants a familiar and everyday feel to the scene.
Lahuerta captured this precise instant and immortalized it with a drawing of great formal solidity. The fisherman’s figure is treated with a magnificent sense of dignity. He is still a young man, dressed in a very simple way; a timeless and monumental figure.
This extremely refined neoclassical style drawing is reminiscent of the tradition that ranges from Ingres to Picasso and is in line with aspirations aiming to create a modern mythology that had the 1920’s new realisms and the work of Giorgio de Chirico as their background.