Spanish Dance (Garrotín)


Louis Jou ( French, 1882 - 1968 )

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General Description

The energetic movements of this flamenco dancer are conveyed through her outstretched arm, flung back head, and fringed shawl that swirls around her body. She is accompanied by a lone guitarist and three palmeros who clap their hands in time to her dance. She is performing a garrotín, a dance based on the gypsy folk music of northern Spain. The garrotín is a playful and festive dance set to a lively, upbeat rhythm. It only entered the flamenco repertory around the turn of the 20th century, and it reached its height of popularity around the time this woodcut was made.