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Eugenio Lucas Velázquez*(Spanish, 1817-1870)

Eugenio Lucas Velázquez*(Spanish, 1817-1870)


signed and dated 'E. Lucas. 1855.' lower left--oil on panel
11 x 8 7/8in. (28 x 22.6cm.)

J. M. Arnaiz, Eugenio Lucas, su Vida y su Obra, Madrid, 1981,
no.167, pp. 378-379 (illustrated)

Lot Essay

Aquelarre or Witches Sabbath is representative of the enormous influence which Goya had on Eugenio Lucas Velàzquez, particularly in 1855, the date of this work. Lucas' great works Plaza Pastida (Private Collection, Madrid) and Episodio de la Revolución de Julio (J.G.A. Collection) (op. cit. nos. 147 and 160, pp. 366-367 and 374-375) of 1854 received critical acclaim from both Théophile Gautier and Edmond Abaut at L'Exposition Universelle in Paris the following year, and inspired the artist to increase his output. It was perhaps his appointment as the official appraiser of Goya's Pinturas Negras, which decorated the latter's villa on the banks of the Manzarares, which led him to paint 'grotesque' caricatures such as our work and Capricho Fantástico (Museo de Agen) (op. cit. no. 171 pp. 380-381).

We are grateful to Dr. José Manuel Arnaiz for authenticating this work.

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