Sketch of a Spanish Man
In these two works, Edward Penfield used controlled graphite outlines and watercolor washes to detail the tattered clothes and scruffy faces of working men he encountered during a 1906 trip through Spain. The frank realism of his approach gives his images a documentary authenticity; indeed, they were most likely studies for his illustrated travelogue Spanish Sketches (1911). While capitalizing on Americans’ fascination with the picturesque appeal of Spain, Penfield also endowed his subjects with a dignity reflected in their proud bearing.
Watercolor and graphite on paper mounted in scrap book
sheet: 11 5/16 x 7 11/16 in. (28.7 x 19.5 cm)
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Gift of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
61.36.2: full-length figure of man holding stick, 3/4 profile, wearing checked shirt, striped pants, vest, and jacket over proper left shoulder.
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