European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Interior of a Café
Santiago Rusiñol, Spanish, 1861 - 1931
Oil on canvas
Cat. 1078John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThe artist and writer RusiÑol was one of the founders of the turn-of-the-century Spanish Modernista movement. He and his colleagues, including the young Pablo Picasso, regularly met for lively discussions in a small Barcelona café. The figures populating the café in this painting, however, appear silent, solitary, and preoccupied with their own thoughts. The dull colors and enclosed space reinforce a sense of isolation.
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