Julio Romero de Torres, Cante hondo

Museo Julio Romero de Torres

Date: 1929
Technique: Oil and tempeara on canvas, 168 x 141 cm

Romero de Torres was ill when he painted this masterly work. The all keys of the master and symbolist's painting come together on this work. This well-balanced composition contains the basis of the popular poetry from Andalusia, the basis of a poetry which is the fruit of the passing of the centuries and the different civilizations. The feelings and passions, love, jealousy and death, are around a main figure, a woman which is the symbol of the misfortune. The mantilla gives the figure some eroticism, which is between the sacred and the profane one. She holds a guitar, which is the axis of symmetry, and she is on a silver pedestal from Cordoba. On her foot, a jealous lover has just stabbed his lover. On her right, two lovers. Behind her, a young woman lies in her coffin, it is similar to the picture ¡Mira qué Bonita Era!, on both sides of this coffin, her children are crying on the coffin and her greyhound Pacheco is howling with pain. This last scene seems to bode the painter’s death. Every scene takes place in an independent way, in the same way that an altarpiece. On the other hand, the whole of them create a feeling of armony. At the back, we can observe an imaginary and miniaturistic landscape. The theme of Flamenco and the popular folk song is also dealt in other works such as Malagueñas, Seguidillas, La copla, Alegrías, La saeta and Carcelera.


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