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LA MUJER OCHOA. Modernism and modernity

Described by some as the painter of music, the painter of light, but above all as "the painter of women", Enrique Ochoa was born on the 27th April 1891 in El Puerto de Santa María (Cadiz). Some experts and art critics have found Ochoa hard to pigeonhole because he was able to develop a rich and varied register in a number of disciplines and techniques. He painted portraits of the bourgeoisie, illustrated the best journals of his day and has been compared with the pre-Raphaelites and the Surrealists, while others have drawn parallels with Abstract art and American action painting. Ochoa's work is undeniably modern and his restless innovation kept drawing him close to the avant-garde. He died in Palma de Mallorca in 1978.

The presence of the feminine in the artist's work is related with the historical context and the importance of women both in the society of the time and for Ochoa, the creator of musical painting but above all the portraitist of Spanish women. He painted women of the lower classes to the high-society ladies of Seville, Madrid and Catalonia, and the ladies of Paris in the wild 20s. The historian and critic Juan Manuel Bonet claims that "there is an Ochoa type of woman, just as there is a Julio Romero de Torres type of woman, or a Rafael Penagos type of woman". "Dama Chic", "Cosmopolita" or "Capricho oriental" and a whole series of female portraits in the best illustrated magazines between 1920 and 1940 are some of the female references.

After the success of the Exhibition "Ochoa returns to the South (1914-2014). The painter of music", held in the Museum of Patrimonio Municipal in Malaga to commemorate the centenary of his first individual exhibition, the Fundación Pintor Enrique Ochoa continues on its mission of revealing every facet of the artist's work, in Palma de Mallorca this time, with his portraits of women, who are a constant presence in his work, under the title La Mujer Ochoa, Modernismo y Modernidad.

Casal Solleric. Espai Born
Direction: Pilar Ribal
Curator: José F. Estévez
Institutions: Ajuntament de Palma de Mallorca, Fundación Banco Santander and Fundación pintor Enrique Ochoa.

Duration: since 11 of april until 24 of may 2015 .

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Date of last modification: 1 of June 2015


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