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One Night at "Burrero"

Une nuit au "Burrero"

Artist: Alexandre Lunois (1863 - 1916) Primary
Date: 1897
19th century
Dimensions: 20.2 x 16.97 in. (51.3 x 43.1 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.869
Not on view.

A native of Paris, Lunois traveled extensively, and made repeated trips to Spain. Here he depicts a flamenco dancer in Seville’s famous Café del Burrero. Lunois is credited with re-introducing the wash technique into lithography, which allowed him to imitate the shimmering, lucid effects of watercolor.

The Café del Burrero in Seville was once the preeminent stage for Spanish Flamenco dancing, an eccentric style which was often scorned by upper levels of Spanish Society. As this café became a hub of the “uncultured spectacle” that was Flamenco, it also became a center for lower class entertainment, like many theaters and cabarets in Paris around the same time. In this lithograph, the spectators who are almost exclusively male, are not in wealthy dress and appear crowded into the café, without care for personal space. The dancer, performing the lustful Flamenco is the center of attention and captivates her audience, either by the talent she displays or the sexual nature of her dance. But instead of only capturing the performer on stage, the artist, Alexandre Lunois, also records the audience as they watch the dancer.

Tyler Heffern ‘22 

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