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Valencian woman, Joaquín Agrasot

Valencian woman, Joaquín Agrasot

Inv. No. CE4/00260

Costumbrismo painting, specialising in the representation of local customs, grew into a major force in the mid-19th century. It stemmed from the interest in Romanticism and the rise of the middle class, and it burst onto the Valencian scene during the 1860s. The leading exponents for this style were Bernardo Ferrándiz and Joaquín Agrasot (1836-1919). This canvas by Agrasot portrays his wife, Emma Zaragoza, in traditional Valencian costume. Typically Costumbrismo was used in genre scenes depicting traditional country people, as one of its main interests was to search for the characteristics and traditions of each region. This portrait by Agrasot is exceptional, since it has been tastefully painted and its aesthetic quality and technique are impeccable. It is a clear example of Fortuny’s influence as it shows great realism and preciosity. Agrasot’s model is sitting on a chair, wearing a luxurious Valencian costume made of silk and lace. It consists of the traditional Spanish veil, a short sleeveless jacket known as a “gipó” in Valencian, a shawl and a long skirt. She is also wearing jewellery, including drop earrings, highlighting woman’s expression and mood – she seems to show pride and satisfaction, but also a certain air of nostalgia.

This painting is dated around 1880 and was acquiered in a bequest by Juan Stingo Carbonell in 1961.

Item displayed in the Pinazo Room, first floor.

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