My Uncle Daniel and his Family

1910
Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta (Spanish, 1870–1945)


Dimensions

205.1 x 289.5 cm (80 3/4 x 114 in.)

Accession Number

17.1598

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Zuloaga, “the Great Basque,” hailed from five generations of painters. Influenced by predecessors such as Velázquez and Goya, he painted mostly images of Basque and Andalusian traditions. While his work is uniquely Spanish, his early mentors and colleagues included French painters like Degas and Gauguin, and Dutch-born van Gogh. Later, he befriended Émile Bernard, who taught him the cloisonné technique seen in the “stained glass” quality of the oriental shawl. Zuloaga’s large family portrait combines these stylistic sources, visible in the composition and emotional effect achieved through swirling brushstrokes and a haunting atmosphere.

Inscription

Lower right: I Zuloaga

Provenance

Until 1917, Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta, the artist; 1917, sold by the artist to the MFA for $20,000. (Accession Date: April 19, 1917)

Credit Line

Caroline Louisa Williams French Fund