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Catalogue Entry #: 1*
Title: Alegrias (Joy)**
Series: Madrid Prints

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Date: 1931-34***

Medium: Drypoint, possibly including some etching****

Edition: 7 numbered impressions plus at least one unnumbered impression)*****

Dimensions: 355 x 277 mm. (14 1/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

Printer: Adolfo Ruperez

Paper: Wove with Arches watermark

Signature: Typically signed in pencil, l.r., beneath the plate mark.

Public collections holding this print: BNE; FBA

Topic galleries for this print:
Women (Studies of)/Nudes


*Catalogue Entry #: For numbering used in other catalogues, see below.


  • The Spanish title appears in the artist's hand in pencil on at least one impression, beneath the plate mark, l.l. (See Fig. 1 below.)
    • The only known impressions bearing titles in the artist's hand for Madrid Series prints are in the Hemingway Collection and carry their titles l.l. where the numbering normally appears.
  • The Pierre Matisse Gallery Catalogue (1934) also uses the title "Alegrias."
  • The BNE catalogue uses "[Alegrias]".
  • An English version of the title, "Joy", appears at the bottom of the sheet in an unknown hand, probably added for the AAA exhibition of 1939. The Catalogue Raisonné has adopted this for English version. (See top of page.)
  • The 2005 Universidad de Cantabria exhibition catalogue "Luis Quintanilla" and FBA use the title "Desnudo (The American Girl)."

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***Date: No date appears on any observed impression of this print. Of the dates that appear on works in the Hemingway Collection, which includes impressions of this print, none is earlier than 1931, and none later than 1934. Quintanilla started making drypoints, in fact prints in general, with Adolfo Ruperez, the printer of all the prints in the Madrid Series, sometime after the artist's return to Madrid in 1929. (See Biographical Chronology link in left column.)

The one known exception to the range of dates specified in the paragraph just above is entry # I.

****Medium: A final determination for the medium has not been made.

For a discussion of the factors involved, visit the "Medium" section of "Using This Catalogue Raisonné."

*****Edition: Quintanilla and his printer were inconsistent in their manner of numbering.

  • The BNE impression (not shown) is annotated, l.l., "nº 1 de 7 preubas".
  • Another observed impression is annotated below the plate mark, l.l., "7 - P. nº 2"; P=prueba (proof) (see Fig. 2 above).
  • The FBA impression is inscribed only "n°3" l.l.
  • Ruperez typically printed ten or fewer (most commonly 7-10) of Quintanilla's Madrid Series prints, often including at least one or more unnumbered impressions. (No record exists of more than two unnumbered impressions of any of the Madrid prints.)
    • The Hemingway Collection typically includes one unnumbered impression bearing a title instead of the number, l.l. (See Fig. 1 above.)
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