Francisco Zuñiga (1912 - 1998)

Elena Resting (Elena Descansando) [recto]; Elena [verso] Sold

Black chalk, brush and black ink and watercolour.
The verso in brush and black ink and black chalk.
Signed and dated Zúñiga 1962 at the lower right.
499 x 650 mm. (19 5/8 x 25 5/8 in.)

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This large drawing depicts the artist’s wife, Elena Laborde, whom he met when she was a student at La Esmeralda, the national art school in Mexico City where Zúñiga taught. The couple were married in 1947, and had three children. Elena appears frequently in Zúñiga’s drawings and lithographs and, like many of his female subjects, often appears isolated and distracted, lost in thought and unaware of the attention of the viewer. As Rodríguez Prampolini has pointed out, ‘We can divide Zúñiga’s women according to their posture, between women who know they are being observed and women in intimate moments.’

An earlier work of a similar theme and composition is a watercolour portrait of Elena from 1951 - apparently a study for an unfinished painting - in the collection of the Fundación Zúñiga Laborde in Mexico. Also in the collection of the Zúñiga family, and closely related to the present sheet, are two large drawings of the artist’s wife at a table in a similar pose.

Francisco ZUÑIGA

Elena Resting (Elena Descansando) [recto]; Elena [verso]

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