The sellers of zacate, or forage grass, were the protagonists of much of the Philippine costumbrista interest in the second half of the 19th century . Their characteristic appearance and attire made them popular in prints, watercolors and paintings, becoming, along with the women dressed in the typical dress of the province of Bulacán, the most widespread types during the 19th century.
Map The Prado Museum
Esteban Villanueva y Vinarao Manila (Philippines), 1859 - Alicante (Spain), 1920
The Forage Seller
Painted in Madrid
Connection to Philippines
Painted by a Filipino artist
Oil on Canvas
Height: 69 cm; Width: 53.5 cm
Museo de Ultramar, until 1908; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1908-1971; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016 Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 40V. It was deposited by Royal Order of 11/15/1913 at the City Hall of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and taken back to the Prado by Order of 1/29/2021.
Inscriptions: EL ZACATERO. ESTUDIO DEL NATURAL POR ESTEBAN VILLANUEVA, DISCIPULO DE D. AGUSTIN SAEZ. ACADEMIA DE MANILA. CLASE DE COLORIDO Y COMPOSICION 1875 Signed and dated. Front, left side
Room 061A (On Display) Filipiniana. Siglo XX Madrid 11.05.2006 - 24.09.2006 Filipinas hace un siglo Manila 04.02.2000 - 04.03.2000
El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Cuadros y esculturas depositados en Sta. Cruz de Tenerife. Cuadros depositados en La Laguna (Tenerife). Cuadros depositados en La Orotava (Tenerife), Boletín del Museo del Prado, XIII (31), 1992, pp. 93. Discovering Philippine Art in Spain, Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila, 1998, pp. 257. Romero de Tejada y Picatoste, Pilar, Filipinas, Hace Un Siglo, Ministerio de Educacon y Cultura., Madrid, 2000. Guardiola, Juan, Filipiniana, Casa Asia, Madrid, 2006, pp. 82. Barón, Javier, The Spanish presence at Philadelphia's Centennial Exhibition and Chicago's world's Columbian, Collecting spanish art. Spain's golden age and America's Gilded Age., 2012, pp. 65-93 . Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 586.
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