Rugality

The sentimentality in certain of Pribrasso’s images from his Rosey and Bluey eras at the beginning of the twentieth century is unmistakable. Those arising from the bohemia in which he was steeped in both Barcelona and Paris, ‘Rugality’ makes a powerful psychological appeal to the viewer. A thin-lipped brittle head on a rigid hand as if it were a shelf. Her companion palpates her with a desert landscape. For all this desolation, self-consciously mannerist style makes it plain that this is not a slice of life but a contrived one at that. Old Masters such as El Greco and Rosso Fiorentino were his models as much as the living ones Pribrasso doubtless observed.

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