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Retrato masculino


Author: Agustín Querol (Tortosa, 1860 – Madrid, 1909)
Title: Retrato masculino (Male portrait )
Year: circa 1900-1909
Technique: marble and gilded bronze
Size: 62 x 30 x 53 cm

This is a static, realistic, frontal portrayal of the sitter, a man whose identity we do not know, although the bust bears a close formal and stylistic relationship with Querol’s 1906 portrait of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. It is carved from white marble with the soft, polished modelling characteristic of Art Nouveau, so it was probably made in around 1900–1909. The bronze base on which the bust rests simulates a pedestal and contributes to conferring greater presence on the figure. It is also decorated with summarily carved floral motifs which fit within fin-de-siècle aesthetics.

This sculpture was acquired by the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson at the art auction in April 2017 held at Madrid’s Sala Retiro (lot 641).