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The Prints of Luis Quintanilla:
A Catalogue Raisonné
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Catalogue Entry #: 31
Title: ! OH la ciencia ! (Oh Science! )**
Series: Madrid Prints

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Date: 1931-34***

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

Edition: At least 6 numbered impressions plus at least one unnumbered impression*****

Dimensions: 360 x 280 mm. (14 3/16 x 11 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: Currently Unknown (CU)

Topic galleries for this print:
Men (studies of)


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


  • The Spanish title and annotation, “! OH la ciencia ! fue una broma con Negrin,” (“!Oh Science! This was a joke with Negrin.”†), 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 English version (Oh Science!) of the title is our abbreviated translation and doesn't appear on any observed impression.
  • The Pierre Matisse Gallery Catalogue (1934) uses the title "Cientificos" ("Scientists").
†Juan Negrin, a great friend of Quintanilla both in Spain during the time of The Republic and the Civil War (See Biographical Chronology), and later in Paris, was president of the Republic from 1937-1939 and also a professor of physiology at the University of Madrid.
Fig. 1
Fig. 2

***Date: No date appears on any of the observed impressions of this print. Of the dates that appear on works in the Hemingway Collection, which includes 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.)

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."


  • One observed impressions is annotated "n° 6" (See Fig. 2 above.), just under the plate mark, l.l.
  • Ruperez typically printed ten or fewer (most commonly 7-10) of Quintanilla's Madrid Series prints, often including at least one unnumbered impression outside the edition.
    • 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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