"El Jaleo" Original Oil on Canvas by Christopher Stone, 2017
An original signed oil on linen canvas by English artist Christopher Stone (1933-) titled "El Jaleo", 2017. Hand signed and dated by Stone upper right. Canvas size: 30" x 40". Mint condition. This painting features John Singer Sargent's "El Jaleo", 1882 which is within the permanent collection and on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
Images like El Jaleo lean toward the daring, risky, unconventional, dramatic, erotically off-center, and odd. Because nomadic Gypsies were believed to ignore ethical principles and exalted superstition over orthodox religion, they endured oppression in numerous countries during the nineteenth century, but artists and bohemians idealized them as free spirits. Bizet’s opera Carmen, first performed in Paris in 1875, scandalized the public with its tale of a proud, lusty Andalusian Gypsy torn between an army officer and a toreador.
During his travels in Spain in 1879, Sargent was mulling over a major work of art in which he could express his love of Gypsy music, dance, and picturesque costumes. On his return to Paris he set to work on a wide horizontal picture whose proportions simulated the shallow stage space of popular musical establishments. He named the painting El Jaleo to suggest the name of a dance, the jaleo de jerez, while counting on the broader meaning jaleo, which means ruckus or hubbub. The painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1882 with the more explicit title El Jaleo: Danse des gitanes (Dance of the Gypsies).
The best evidence of his own excited reactions to live dance performances can be found in the pencil sketches of a Spanish woman that he included in an album assembled for Isabella Stewart Gardner. They are among his fastest, most intuitive works. In one drawing a torrent of fast hard lines suggests the twisting shawl from which a majestic neck and outstretched vamping arms emerge.
Christopher Stone (1933-) is a self-taught English painter. He served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot, and completed 32 years of service in 1983 in the rank of 1 star general. During his retirement in Virginia, USA he has diligently studied painting. He initially concentrated his efforts towards aviation art, in which field his works have been exhibited by the Guild of Aviation Artists in London, and the American Society of Aviation Artists in the United States. In recent years his painting interests have expanded to embrace portraiture, figurative and landscape subjects, and many of these works are in private collections around the globe. Maintaining a strictly representational style, in his preferred medium of oil, and with a keen attention to light and atmospheric effects, he has been greatly influenced by British artists including: Sir Alfred Munnings, Sir William Orpen, Edward Seago; and the great Spanish impressionist Joaquin Sorolla.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 30 in | WIDTH: 40 in
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