John Singer Sargent
This painting is both souvenir of experience and an expression of Sargent's chief interest outside of his own artwork: that of music.
The preparatory sketches for El Jaleo began with drawings made in Seville. While in Madrid he began this large format painting (94 1/2 by 137 inches), which apparently went through many stages of refinement.
There is not a dance called "El Jaleo," but rather it is a title of the scene as described, that of an "uproar," which is an approximate translation of the Spanish word into English. It can also be used to describe"noise."
This painting is part of the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
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(Below) A preparatory drawing for the painting
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