Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ernesto de la Cárcova (1866-1927)

A man looks out the window of his modest home at the idled factory in the industrial southside of Buenos Aires. His left hand is clenched on the table beside his useless tools. There's no bread on the table and his wife and baby are hungry.
Ernesto de la Cárcova (1866-1927)
Sin pan y sin trabajo (Without Bread and Without Work)
1894, Oil on canvas, 125.5 x 216 cm (49.4" x 85") 
This work of social commentary is by Argentinian artist Ernesto de la Cárcova. He studied art in Turin under Giacomo Grosso, and then with Antonio Mancini in Rome. This painting was celebrated as a great achievement at the Salon.

Lunch Hour (Hora del Almuerzo) 1903
He returned to Argentina at 28 years of age, where his work evolved to include florals, portraits, and landscapes.

Figure study, oil
More info about Ernesto de la Cárcova:
Wikipedia entry
National Museum of Fine Arts, Argentina.
"Art Expert" website


Timothy Bollenbaugh said...


Wondering if you've returned to your recent post on Kim Jung Gi and read Paul Sullivan's comment, and mine following, so I hope you'll do so today. Posting today is the only means I have in hopes of your doing so. I'm against censorship, but not discretion.

Re: Paul Sullivan. I couldn't agree more. I have to believe Kim's darker side slipped by you. Could and does happen to anyone in the flow of matters.


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marina said...

His work was made not for compete in the National Salon, but for his own commitment to the Centro Obrero Socialista( kind of Socialist Party in Argentina), showing the hard work of comunity of Italian and Spanish immigrants. The original is in the Museo Nacional de BEllas Artes, and the reproductions in books or in the web of this big canvases don't make merit for the original work.

James Gurney said...

Marina, thanks for clarifying. Did Buenos Aires have its own Salon, or were my sources speaking of a European Salon. If you have a better reproduction, please send it to me or link me to it.

Tim, Paul, I missed your comment on Kim Jung Gi from last week, because I don't always get notified by Blogger as comments come in. Here's what I wrote on that post: I haven't looked in detail at Omphalos, but I have seen other books by him. I offered the link for someone who might want to order the book and decide for themselves. But I am aware that KJG deals with violent and sexual imagery, as did Moebius and Goya and Rubens and Caravaggio and many old masters who painted scenes from the Bible. I don't think anything in that blog post about KJG is terribly objectionable—it's a YouTube video after all. I'm not making judgments about the subject matter of his overall output. However, I believe that KJG is an exceptionally skilled and inspired artist. In the post on KJG, I'm primarily interested in KJG's memory and drawing skills, and that was the focus of the post. It's a rare chance to learn more about what he's thinking, something that can benefit any artist, regardless of what he or she paints.

Carole Mayne said...

Wonderful feeling in these paintings. Evocative of many great modern story tellers/painters.

Unknown said...

Paintings are cool!
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Norman Sutton said...

I can really see the talent of a person in this art.
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Unknown said...

The "lunch hour" painting is not de la Carcova´s, instead it´s Pio Collivadino´s work