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The Castilian herdsman

  • The Castilian herdsman. Painting. A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Castilian herdsman. Painting. A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura






Cultural background


Original title

El boyero castellano
A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts
La Coruña
A Coruña, Galicia

This work was painted by Sorolla for the project entitled “The regions of Spain”, commissioned by Archer Milton Huntington to decorate the library of The Hispanic Society of America in New York.

Sorolla made the region of Castile the main protagonist of the sseries works as he considered it to be the geographic and historical hub of Spain. Before painting the large-scale panel “Castile. The bread festival”, he made a series of studies of life-size figures in oils to represent the different regional types. These are a genuine testament to the significance of the anthropological studies made by the painter.

Due to its pictorial intensity, the Castilian herdsman is one of the most striking of these sketches. The artist placed it on the final panel behind the group of children at the centre of the season, although he eliminated the figure of the herdsman. The painting has all the hallmarks of luminosity and naturalness which define the artist’s work.

Details of the work


200 x 300 cm

Oil on canvas


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