Infertile Woman II


Mujer infecunda II (Infertile woman II) is a late work by the Canary Islands artist Antonio Padrón Rodríguez (1920−68). The works of this painter’s last years are characterized by intense use of color and abstract expressionism, although here he has also used some dark somber tones. The image presents a fertility ritual, perhaps being performed by a woman seeking to become pregnant. She is a metaphor for the earth and the struggle to wrest growth from the islands, with their periods of drought. It is an image of simple shapes and colors, almost naïve. Antonio Padrón was born and lived most of his life in Gáldar, Gran Canaria, and many of his works reflect a strong sense of Canary location, customs, and people. He is linked to the Luján Pérez school, named for religious sculptor José Luján Pérez (1756−1815), who inspired a tradition of artists working in various media and focused on local culture, identity, and the position of Canary people in the world. They included sculptor Plácido Fleitas and painters Jorge Oramas, Feo Monzón, and Santiago Santana. The 1930s to the 1960s was a period when emigration from the islands peaked, with many people leaving for a better life in the Americas (particularly Cuba and Venezuela) after devastating drought in the Canaries. This painting is in the collections of the Antonio Padrón House Museum, Indigenous Art Center, in Gran Canaria.

Last updated: June 13, 2016