Carnival | Jose Gutierrez Solana (1886-1947)

Jose Gutierrez Solana, Máscaras                             Jose Gutierrez Solana, The Carnival, 1928
Jose Gutierrez Solana, A Mask, 1925                              Jose Gutierrez Solana, Masks with Donkey, 1936   
Jose Gutierrez Solana, Two Masks                                   Jose Gutierrez Solana, Masks Drinking, 1920
                      Jose Gutierrez Solana, Masks, 1938                                Jose Gutierrez Solana, Murga Cadiz, 1935  
Jose Gutierrez Solana, Masks of Cowbells                                  Jose Gutierrez Solana, Masks Cooks

José Gutiérrez Solana, (born 1886, Madrid, Spain—died June 26, 1947, Madrid), painter and writer who was a key figure in the Spanish cultural revival of the early 20th century.

Gutiérrez Solana attended art school in Madrid from 1900 to 1904. As a young man, he spent his days in the slums and suburbs of Madrid and in the Cantabrian harbours, studying the most wretched aspects of Spanish life. These journeys were the basis for his gloomy and corrosive literary works, Scenes and Customs of Madrid, 2 vol. (1912, 1918), and for his intense and dramatic paintings.

Influenced by the Spanish masters, especially Francisco de Goya, Gutiérrez Solana painted a tragic view of urban life, scenes of grief and horror rendered in sombre earth tones and blood reds. He applied thick layers of paint, charging his subjects—which often included bulls, urban landscapes, taverns, and prostitutes—with a garish energy. He first exhibited his work in 1907 and won medals for his paintings in 1922, 1929, and 1942. A man respected within his country, Gutiérrez Solana led an isolated life in Madrid, despite his honours.

Jose Gutierrez Solana, Carnival in a Village

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