Singing at the Table by Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano was created in 1855. The painting is in Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga. The size of the work is 40 x 35,5 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
Some Romantic genre scenes were painted in pairs. The works in question did not necessarily portray two episodes of the same story, although there was sometimes a slight thematic link. Such is the case of this loosely and sketchily executed pair of paintings with similar measurements and certain iconographic parallels, as they both refer to the process of the amorous conquest.
In the first, two strikingly dressed girls with flowers in their hair are out strolling in the park, away from the main path. They are met by a young man who flirts with one of them; she returns a coquettish glance. Bejarano thus becomes an indiscreet chronicler of the amorous practices of Romantic Andalusia and reveals the real reasons why young people went out strolling. As was customary, the girl approached by her suitor is accompanied by another girl – only low-class women, and even then not always, went out on their own – who acts as her friend’s accomplice, amusing herself by playing with the little dog to allow the courting couple greater intimacy… Discover more in Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga.
About the Artist: Spanish romantic painter Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano was born in Sevilla (1827). His first education was taken from his father Antonio Cabral Bejarano. In addition, Queen Elizabeth II became an honorary artist. Later he received a professorship title at the Faculty of Fine Arts (Santa Isabel de Sevilla Fine Arts Academy). With folkloric staging, he achieved great success in Andalusia and Madrid… Read more