View of Azkoitia
Valladolid, 1860-Bilbao, 1956/06/19
Oil on canvas
23.8 x 32.4 cm
Zarraoa (bottom left hand corner)
Last quarter of the 19th century
Donated by Ignacio Zarraoa and Esperanza Zabala in 2007
In the 1870s and 1880s, Zarraoa and Marcoartu were occasionally to be found in the town of Azkoitia, in the province of Gipuzkoa, painting a number of works for the convents of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. Zarraoa took advantage of these visits to create a group of landscapes and popular scenes set in the town. Part of this series, View of Azkoitia displays a luminous, colourful take on the landscape, rendered in very detailed brushstrokes; the painting shows the backs of the houses of the Alameda, set above the river Urola. During that time, he also sought public recognition through the re-creation of historical events, although it was in fact a popular scene that won him an honourable mention in the Provincial Exhibition of Bizkaia in 1882. [Mikel Lertxundi]
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