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Conversations in the Sunroom (Portrait of Mr Pampló’s daughters), Ignacio Pinazo

Conversations in the Sunroom (Portrait of Mr Pampló’s daughters), Ignacio Pinazo

Inv. No. CE4/00320

In the National Ceramics Museum there is a collection of four paintings by Ignacio Pinazo (1984-1916) dated 1889. They all came from the former cafe El León de Oro which belonged to a Mr Pampló. Two of these paintings were bought from his heirs by a savings bank, Caja de Ahorros, and were then donated to the museum. They are all on display in the Sala Pinazo: ‘Tarde de Carnaval en la Alameda’ (Carnival Afternoon on the Alameda), ‘Conversaciones en la serre’ (Conversations in the Sunroom), ‘Joven Griega’ (Young Greek girl) and ‘Joven y Cupido’ (Youth and Cupid). This is a group portrait in the Art Nouveau style, showing the daughters and nephew of Mr Pampló. The artist continues with the theme of love and specifically the theme of seduction. In contrast with ‘Tarde de Carnaval’ (Carnival Afternoon), the portrayal of seduction is proper and refined, more typical of middle class people who attract attention by fashionable clothes rather than odd behaviour. This painting is of special interest because it transcends the portrait genre to convey an image of modern society and the life of the middle classes who were beginning to dominate political and economic life. They have generated enough wealth to enjoy new pleasures such as elegant clothes or an afternoon in a café, and they feel satisfied with both their social class and their surroundings.

Item on display in the Pinazo Room.

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