Gypsy dance at Santa Cruz

François Maurice Roganeau

1883 – 1973

Oil on canvas 73 X 60 cm, mounted in a beautiful Parnassian frame 94 X 80 cm, signed and located “El arco de Santa-Cruz”.
One cannot, seeing this painting, prevent oneself from thinking of the verses of Carmen: “Under the ramparts of Seville, At my friend Lilas Pastia I will go dancing the séguedille, Drinking manzanillas …”
There is indeed a district of Seville called Santa-Cruz and even if I have not found the precise place, it is likely that this is where our scene takes place where a beautiful flamenco dances with her castanets by the light of the campfire , his shadow silhouetted against the wall, under the admiring glances and applause of the other gypsies and the gaze of the two unhitched donkeys…
If the Bordeaux native Roganeau (First Grand Prix de Rome 1906, all the same!) excelled in large compositions ( he remade the ceiling of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux), it is nowadays much more sought after for its many animated scenes on the Basque Country and Spain, extremely accurate and composed, almost ethnographic reports which often fixed a world for the future. already disappeared …
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