© José Gutiérrez Solana. VEGAP, Madrid, 2022

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Máscaras bailando del brazo
Masks Dancing with Locked Arms
José Gutiérrez Solana
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Printed area size: 140 × 114 cm
Measures with a framework: 145,5 × 120,5 × 5,3 cm
Inventory
FM000453
Date
1938
1938
Inscripción/Leyenda
Signed in the lower left corner
Author
Born: Madrid, 1886
Died: Madrid, 1945
Painting
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© José Gutiérrez Solana. VEGAP, Madrid, 2022

Descripción

The motif of the carnival was present in the work of José Gutiérrez Solana since his first exhibition in 1908. However, in the 1930s and ‘40s the subject became his most revisited. Painted while he was exiled in Paris, this canvas belonging to the Fundación MAPFRE Collection is closely related to two drawings from 1933 and to an etching of the same year, also in the collection.

The painting is inspired by the impoverished and dreary carnivals of Madrid’s suburbs. The muddy grounds, thick skies, and gloomy landscapes of the outskirts indicate the end of the celebration and the disintegration of appearances. These are the only works by the artist in which he used a linear perspective to portray empty paths that lead nowhere.

An element of unrest and desolation exists within this type of painting, which was defined by the scholar Eduardo Westerdahl as “a manifestation of the modern world’s existential angst.”

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© José Gutiérrez Solana. VEGAP, Madrid, 2022

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