madridseville

Pierre Gonnord

Galería Juana de Aizpuru/Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla

Historically, Spanish portraiture—first in painting and more recently in photography—has put forth a sentimental and stereotyped view of poverty. From Murillo to Zuloaga, this tendency has long been present. There is, however, another Spanish tradition, more deeply marked by naturalism; Andalusia has always been one of the centers of this style of art. This is clear in the early work of Velázquez, when he worked in Seville, painting precisely detailed faces and objects. The direct, nonfalsifying gaze that characterizes these works is maintained in the court portraits he painted later in Madrid. But Velázquez is not an isolated example—Seville also produced Herrera el Viejo, Zurbarán, and many others.

The French photographer Pierre Gonnord has lived in Madrid for fourteen years, and he intends his own portraits to be understood in connection with the art of Seville’s Baroque. Thus, he recently

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