|Title||Spanish Market Women at Bilbao|
|Alternative Title||Market Women at Bilbao|
|Collection||Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth|
|Artist||Pérez de Valluerca, Eusebio (Spanish painter; exh.1887-1892)|
Pérez de Valluerca is known to have exhibited between 1887 and 1892. However, the details of his career remain obscure. The Russell-Cotes painting, Market Women at Bilbao, is dated 1904 and must therefore be considered a late work by the artist. This large canvas in which the figures are life-size, is painted in a realistic style with a broad stroke and bright palette. The figures of five crouching women each represented with distinctive features dominate the foreground of the canvas. In the background the stonewall and bared windows of a building give way to a glimpse of a sunny open square seen beyond a portico. On the left a woman dressed in black inspects some vividly depicted apples and other vegetables laid out on the cobbled street, while to her right a young girl and an older woman are in conversation, they wear pale clothes that complement their light complexions. Beyond this group are a further two women crouching by a large shallow basket, one has some apples in her lap while the other arranges more in a basket. By her side she has another basket full of fresh eggs. The rustic dress of these older women is dark in tone and contrasts with that of the other figures.
Both the technique and the subject matter of the Market Women at Bilbao recalls the Venetian Realist tradition of the late 1880s and 1890s, exemplified by the last works of Giacomo Favretto and his followers Ettore Tito and Alessandro Milesi. It is possible the Spanish painter was familiar with these more renowned artists' works.
|Current Accession Number||BORGM 668|
|Former Accession Number||401; accession envelope no. 382|
|Inscription||front ll 'E. Pérez de Valluerca 1904'|
|Subject||everyday life; figure; place (Bilbao, Spain)|
|Measurements||152.5 x 122 cm.0 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Given by Captain H. Norton, 1926.|
|Publications||Bulletin of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, vol. 5, no.1, March 1926, ill. p. 10.|
|Rights Owner||Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth|