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Gypsies

Rafael Barradas (Montevideo, 1890-1929)
Gypsies
1917
Tempera on cardboard

Rafael Barradas (Montevideo, 1890-1929)

Gypsies

1917

Tempera on cardboard

This drawing was done shortly before Rafael Barrades arrived in Madrid from Barcelona in 1918. At that time, Barrades made an interesting synthesis of elements from various movements such as Cubism, Futurism or Ultraism. His particular contribution to the avant-garde was known as Vibrationism. This name referred to the dynamization of seemingly static scenes, through strong color contrasts and geometrizing compositions.

Barradas uses the different groups of gypsies to bring volumes and ranges of color face to face. The larger color planes in the foreground contrast with other smaller ones in the secondary groups of women, to become simple lines in the background. The skirts allow him to take geometrizing and the emphasis on light to the limit.

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