(b. 1870, Eibar, d. 1945, Madrid)

The Dwarf Gregorio

Oil on canvas, 187 x 154 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Zuloaga places the ugly dwarf, with a huge shapeless wineskin over his shoulder, against the background of the stern walls of an ancient city and beneath the canopy of a threatening sky painted with broad brushstrokes. This expressive setting, borrowed from the artist's beloved El Greco, invest the image of Gregorio, who without it might seem an ordinary provincial "type," with the power of a sort of symbol of the Spanish soil.

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