N01357 View of the Escorial c.1905?
Inscribed 'I. Zuloaga' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 114 x 16 (29 x 41)
Presented by T.W. Bacon through the NACF 1923
Prov: With Barbizon House, London, c.1923; T.W. Bacon, Cambridge
Repr: 20th Annual Report of the NACF, 1923 (London 1924), p.32
Presented as 'Spanish Landscape'. Enrique Lafuente Ferrari wrote (8 June 1953) that this is a quick sketch made probably from nature, which is rare in the work of Zuloaga. It is a view of the Escorial seen probably from the immediate neighbourhood of the place known as the seat of Philip II, with a mountain in the background and on the left in the middle distance the monastery of San Lorenzo founded by Philip II. There is another more finished work by Zuloaga of the Escorial in the Zuloaga family collection at Zumaya, painted about 1930. The present work seems considerably earlier, but as sketches are so rare in Zuloaga's work it cannot be dated with precision. The costumes of the little figures on the left seem to indicate the first decade of this century.
It does not appear in the oeuvre-catalogue in Dr Lafuente Ferrari's book La Vida y el Arte de Ignacio Zuloaga (Madrid 1950), but he said that it would be included in a second, revised edition.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.771, reproduced p.771