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|The Prints of Luis Quintanilla:
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|Catalogue Entry #: 49
Title: Untitled [Fiesta -- Woman Dancing with Child]
Series: New York Prints
Date: c. 1939*
Edition: Currently Unknown (CU)***
Dimensions: 65 1/2. x 46 in. (166.5 x 116.6 cm)****
*Date and History: This print was exhibited at Associated American Artists (AAA) in November, 1939 as part of an exhibition entitled "Luis Quintanilla." A second large color lithograph (See Catalogue entry # 48.) was also presented at this exhibition and was dated 1939, on the print by the artist.
In his review of this exhibition, Edward Alden Jewell of the New York Times writes, "This exhibition contains, besides all this, two colored lithographs one of which, about 4 1/2 by 6 feet in dimensions, must be the largest lithogrpah at present on view in New York. It is the largest print known to have been done by Quintainilla.
In a letter to a "Mr. Ostroll" dated December 24, 1941, Quintanilla writes:
**Medium and Color: This lithograph was printed in seven colors, using seven separate plates (as indicated by the artist in his letter reproduced just above). It is only one of two Quintanilla prints known to be printed completely in color, both lithographs, the other being catalogue entry 48. (See the topic gallery Color Prints.)
The size of the lithograph suggests the use of two or more zinc plates as the
***Edition: Two impressions have been reported.
****Dimensions: The accuracy of the dimensions given are limited by the fact that the measured impression is mounted and framed, with the visible image extending at least to and possibly slightly beyond the inner edge of the frame.
Provenance: The unverified provenance of one impression of this lithorgaph has been reported as follows: ownership by the singer/dancer/actress, Josephine Baker (1906, St. Louis -- 1975, Paris) who received it as a gift from the artist (n.d.). She in turn gave it to her friend, fellow-dancer and understudy, Emily Miles (n.d.), who made a gift of it to her student Alia Souels-Parker (c. 1985). (This information reported by and courtesy of Joan Souels).
Related Work: In 1938, Juan Negrin, president of the Spanish Republic, commissioned Luis Quintanilla to paint a series of frescoes for the pavilion of the Spanish Republic at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. Quintanilla traveled to the Unites States to paint the frescoes; however, the victory of the fascists in the Spanish Civil War having intervened, the frescoes were not allowed to be hung by the government of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. After a very long and tortuous odyssey in New York City, these works were finally returned to Spain in 2007. (See "Los Otros Guernicas".)
One of the five fresco panels entitled "Pain" (See below.) contains the figure of a woman holding a child clearly similar to the figure in the lithograph above -- even though the gallery title for the lithograph was "Fiesta."
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