Carolina's Terrace - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Carolina's Terrace

Gangutia, Clara

San Sebastián, 22/06/1952

Oil on canvas

81 x 130 cm

C. Gangutia (bottom right hand corner)


Last quarter of the 20th century


Acquired in 1985

When she painted Carolina's Terrace in 1983, Gangutia portrayed the home environment from her sister's flat in the calle Ferraz, a street in Madrid. In a family atmosphere, an absorbed, meditative figure directs the spectator's gaze toward the view beyond, a cityscape full of magic and mystery. A major feature of this nocturne are the cold blues, the suggestive forms and the exquisite air distributed with precision and delicacy around the painting without needlessly excessive displays of virtuosity. [Arantxa Pereda]

Selected bibliography

  • Clara Gangutia [Cat. exp.]. Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoako Foru Diputazoia = Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa, 1987. p. 39, n° cat. 104.
  • Madrid pintado : la imagen de Madrid a través de la pintura [Cat. exp.]. Madrid, Consorcio para la Organización de Madrid Capital Europea de la Cultura 1992, 1992. p. 340, 388-389. N° cat. 154
  • Clara Gangutia [Cat. exp.]. Madrid, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, 2000.
  • Clara Gangutia [Cat. exp.]. Estella, Museo Gustavo de Maeztu, 2007. p. 33.
  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. p. 183.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. p. 183.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. p. 183, n° cat. 102.