Portrait of my Sister Pilar - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Portrait of my Sister Pilar

Zubiaurre, Ramón de

Garai, Bizkaia, 01/09/1882-Madrid, 09/06/1969

Oil on canvas

141.4 x 75.1 cm

RAMON DE ZUBIAURRE (bottom right hand corner)

c. 1911

First quarter of the 20th century


Donated by Leopoldo Gutiérrez de Zubiaurre in 2007

In the 1920s, this very independent woman organized her brothers' exhibitions and managed to introduce their work on foreign markets, particularly France, Germany and the USA. In 1922 she married the art critic Ricardo Gutiérrez Abascal, better known as Juan de la Encina. With María de Maeztu, Victoria Kent and other women of enlightened ideology verging on feminism, she was one of the founders of the Lyceum Club in Madrid, created to improve the cultural and educational levels of ordinary women. Portrait of my Sister Pilar shows a young woman at three different ages. Refined and symbolist, the painting is in fact a fragment of a larger work known only from photographs, in which the three figures are on the left, in a garden, while on the right another woman plays a mandolin and a waitress prepares tea. [Miriam Alzuri] [Santiago Arcediano]

Selected bibliography

  • Mur Pastor, Pilar. La Asociación de Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao ; Caja de Ahoros Vizcaína, 1985. p. 22.
  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. pp. 84-85.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. p. 84.
  • Montaner, Pilar ; Sureda, Joan. Epistolari i literatura. Palma, Servicio de Archivo del Ayuntamiento de Palma, 2011. p. 302.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. pp. 83-84, n° cat. 39a.
  • Bilboko Museoaren alfabetoa = El alfabeto del Museo de Bilbao = The alphabet of the Bilbao Museum = L'alphabet du Musée de Bilbao [Cat. exp.]. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2018. pp. 383, 389, n° cat. 211.