Gallery 3 - Modern Primitivism 1927 - 1939
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Woman and Child at Window
Gattorno often used his family members for models. Here are portraits in oil of Miriam and Tato - cousins. The woman at the window with the baby is unknown. That particular painting is a watercolor on paper.
Posing subjects in front of an open window or door, through which is visible a landscape relevant in some way to the person’s life or interests, is a device Gattorno borrowed from the masters of the Italian Renaissance. He used it with great effectiveness in portraits painted throughout his career
Guajiros y Platanos
Oil on Linen - 1927
Portrait of Hemingway's son
Mi Madre ( My Mother )
Oil on Linen - 1935
Oil on Linen - 1933
Gattorno painted this portrait of Hemingway’s son, whom they called “Bumby”, when he summered with his father in Havana and Key West. He was ten years old.
A proud, ambitious young woman, Angela Gattorno was the first to recognize and encourage her son's artistic abilities. He began drawing at age 4. When he was 7 he painted the crucifixion on a piece of wood he had carved for her and by the age of 11 he was sculpting as well. A year later she enrolled him in the Academy of San Alejandro in Havana, writing on the application that he was 15. Gattorno never forgot his mother's role in his artistic development, paying tribute to her in this sensitive portrait with its overtones of Hals and the early Manet.