Francisco Iturrino González

(Santander, 1864 – Cagnes-sur-Mer, 1924)

Soir de fête (Evening Party)

n.d.

oil on canvas

93.5 x 119.5 cm

Inv. no. P00083


This is a good example of the compositions filled with female figures that Iturrino produced after 1905-06, although the colour scheme and the execution of the piece suggest that it may have been made later on. It showcases a complex arrangement of rhythms where the ruffles of the skirts and the folds of the shawls are used to underscore the direction of the compositional construction, to which the brushstrokes also contribute in a radically modern way, defining different planes of colour. The same construction using planes is visible in the landscape and the sky, an approach that reminds us of the late works of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), whom Iturrino had met in Paris.

The painting as a whole is dominated by the bluish hues found in the sky and the dress of many of the figures, but the addition to the composition of red and yellow spots brings a feeling of liveliness to the scene.

In a rural setting, with woods seen in the background, the series of female figures is arranged in pairs or small groups, chatting in a festive and playful mood. The artist is interested in capturing the movement and rhythm of the bodies, and barely sketches the facial features of the women.