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Interior of a Café

Santiago Rusiñol, Spanish, 1861 - 1931

Made in Spain, Europe


Oil on canvas

39 1/2 × 32 inches (100.3 × 81.3 cm) Framed: 51 1/2 × 44 1/4 × 3 inches (130.8 × 112.4 × 7.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 259, European Art 1850-1900, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 1078

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The 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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