Monday, February 1, 2010

Julio Romero de Torres

Julio Romero de Torres (1874-1930)  was a Spanish artist known for his sensual portraits of women. He painted prostitutes, gitanas, actresses and  demimondes all gracing his canvases with dignity and pride in spite of their position on the periphery of society. Torres considered himself as a frustrated flamenco singer – if he had had to choose between being the flamenco singer Juan Breva or the artist Leonardo da Vinci, he would have chosen Breva.

When he died, every shop, theatre, and bar in Cordoba closed its doors and the whole city poured onto the streets for his funeral. His was the funeral of a man who had immortalised the Cordoba woman and the Andalusian copla with inimitable style.

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