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  • Gipsies Listening to the Prophecies of a Young Fortune-Teller

    Artist:
    Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile. 1807-1876
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    104x78 cm

Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile. 1807-1876

Gipsies Listening to the Prophecies of a Young Fortune-Teller

France, 1848

Diaz de la Pena, a Spaniard by origin and a prominent representative of the Barbizon School, experienced a substantial influence of Romanticism in his early period. The Gipsy subjects to which the artist often turned in the 1840s demonstrate the typical Oriental trend in his work. The treatment of the subject in the Hermitage picture also links him with the art of Romantic artists. The action takes place by night in a stony ravine in a forest. A group of Gipsies has encircled a young fortune-teller listening her anxiously. The mystic atmosphere of the scene is stressed with illumination. The specific features of the painting are the subdued colouring and mat texture of the painterly layer.

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Gipsies Listening to the Prophecies of a Young Fortune-Teller

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oil

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104x78 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

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ГЭ-3860

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