cat. 38; old woman in black with dotted scarf across forehead; village scene in background

Old Spanish Woman (Vieille femme espagnole), 1901

Sometimes Charles Milcendeau sought subjects beyond the French countryside. Old Spanish Woman dates from the transformative year he spent in Spain, where he felt a great affinity for the culture. In the hillside town of Ledesma, he made several drawings of elderly women.

The figure in this forceful study is an image of enduring strength. She is proud, not pitiable. Focusing on her face, Milcendeau captured the tired, rough-hewn features that testify to a hard life.

Details
Title
Old Spanish Woman (Vieille femme espagnole)
Artist Life
Soullans, Vendée 1872–Soullans, Vendée 1919
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2012.104
Provenance
[Galerie Fischer-Kiener, Paris, until 1996; sold to Weisbergs]; Yvonne and Gabriel Weisberg, Minneapolis (1996–2012; given to Mia)
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cat. 38; old woman in black with dotted scarf across forehead; village scene in background