Friday, October 10, 2014

Barcelona: El Desconsol

Desolation is a 1907 sculpture by Josep Llimona 
in the collection of the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona.

It represents a mysterious, delicate woman hiding her face in an attitude of despair 
and is one of the paradigmatic works of the Catalan Modernist movement. 

Llimona's masterful work arises from a block of stone, 
but the softness and roundness of its forms contrasts strongly 
with the roughness of the material. 
The female figure evokes contained melancholy that can be perceived subtly; 
her pose hides much of the inner world of the character. 
Her face, covered by a thick mass of hair, is unknown. 
Only the gesture of the hands, slightly touching, give life to the sculpture.

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