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"Young Man in Striped Shirt" by Victor Manuel (Cuba). Gouache & watercolor

Documentation Signed
Period 1920-1949
Materials Gouache.
W. 24.75 in; H. 30.5 in;
W. 62.87 cm; H. 77.47 cm;
Creation Date 1940's
Description Painted by Cuba's most important figural painter in the mid-20th century, this portrait by Victor Manuel depicts a young man with a bicycle cap and a white and red striped shirt, looking at the the viewer with steady blue eyes. Behind him is a harbor scene filled with sailboats and pedestrians enjoying a brilliant warm day. Manuel showed great promise as a young man, traveling to France to study and exhibit, and then returning to Havana to establish a reputation as a brilliant portraitist. One of his early works, "La Gitana Tropical" ("The Tropical Gipsy") -- widely known as "La Gioconda Americana" -- brought him great renown, and is now exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Over the years he painted a number of portraits, usually of beautiful women, so this portrait of a young man is an unusual and striking example of his work. The painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by Robert Cayuso, a highly-regarded art historian. The medium is watercolor and gouache on rag paper.
Styles / Movements Other
Incollect Reference Number 484092
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