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In the patio

Pedro Figari

Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Figari luxuriates in depicting the classic scene of a soiree on a colonial patio whose floor has large black and white tiles in a checkerboard pattern. Six ladies adorned with Spanish ornamental combs carry out different tasks; two water flowers in large planters, one stirs a pot on a brazier while she fans herself, accompanied by a black cat at her feet, while a dog barks at her and two servants attentively await her orders. Three of the ladies look on with interest. The only masculine presence corresponds to a guitarist who strums the strings of his instrument seated on the doorstep of the entrance to the patio. Figari handles the wall of the house with special attention; two flowering vines approach the molding of the window and doorway; the door features a segmental arch and the frame combines curves and straight lines. Above it, there is a niche and the figure of a Virgin; the window is in the same architectural style with
grillwork bowed at the base. The lit lantern and full moon visible in the sky tell us that the scene takes place during the last hour of daylight.

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