Sketch of a Spanish Man
In these two works, Edward Penfield used controlled graphite outlines and watercolor washes to detail the tattered clothes and scruffy faces of working men he encountered during a 1906 trip through Spain. The frank realism of his approach gives his images a documentary authenticity; indeed, they were most likely studies for his illustrated travelogue Spanish Sketches (1911). While capitalizing on Americans’ fascination with the picturesque appeal of Spain, Penfield also endowed his subjects with a dignity reflected in their proud bearing.
This text refers to these objects: ' 61.36.1; 61.36.2
- Artist: Edward Penfield, American, 1866-1925
- Medium: Watercolor and graphite on paper mounted in scrap book
- Dates: 1906
- Dimensions: sheet: 11 5/16 x 7 11/16 in. (28.7 x 19.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 61.36.2
- Credit Line: Gift of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Edward Penfield (American, 1866-1925). Sketch of a Spanish Man, 1906. Watercolor and graphite on paper mounted in scrap book, sheet: 11 5/16 x 7 11/16 in. (28.7 x 19.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 61.36.2
- Catalogue Description: 61.36.2: full-length figure of man holding stick, 3/4 profile, wearing checked shirt, striped pants, vest, and jacket over proper left shoulder.
- Record Completeness: Good (74%)