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La Paloma

  • La Paloma. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

    La Paloma. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)





Isidre Nonell

Cultural background


Original title

La Paloma
National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
Barcelona, Catalonia

This work brings together all the features particular to Nonell’s painting. His representation of a gypsy women displays his ability to express the loneliness of marginalisation.

Isidre Nonell was one of the great painters of the second, Catalan modernist generation: he formed part of the Colla del Safrà group, frequently attended the gatherings of intellectuals and artists at the Els Quatre Gats and went to Paris in 1897 with Ricard Canals. Indifferent to the trends of the time, Nonell created a markedly expressionist language, painting from a dark palette, the result of the attraction he felt for uprooted characters, particularly for gypsy figures. In spite of the initial rejection suffered at the hands of conservative critics, female figures such as La Paloma, less crestfallen than those of his early years, and with more unique facial features, he finally achieved the recognition of the general public before his untimely death.

Details of the work


67 cm x 54 cm

Oil on cardboard


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