Yumuri is a small fishing village near Baracoa almost completely destroyed by the recent hurricane. Its inhabitants have rebuilt the houses but have never abandoned the place. #yumuri #fishingvillage #cuba #almacubana #baracoa
Born in New Orleans in 1840, Alfred Gault had a career as an artist in New York as early as 1870. Though the artist’s biography is presently limited, his views of Cuba and Morocco, as well as his 1875 passport application and his mention in Lippincott's Magazine as a participant in the 1880 Paris Salon tell us that he certainly traveled to various countries and captured scenes of a number of exotic locales.
The highly detailed view of the Yumuri Valley that Gault has captured in the monumental painting offered here draws the viewer into the scene, where the vast expanse of land is dotted with palm trees and tiny details, such as the plantation building in the middle of the composition and the smoke stack near the horizon line. A man stands in the foreground with an oxen-drawn cart, waiting to be loaded with crops - perhaps tobacco or sugar cane.
Other artists painting scenes of Cuba have used a similar format to the one here for depicting the vast landscape - a panoramic view with a low horizon line and details to wonderfully show off the beautiful rolling hills, white puffy clouded skies, and verdant foliage of the Cuban landscape. Artists such as Winslow Homer, Edmund Darch Lewis, Esteban Chartrand, and Miguel Arias painted in Cuba, and many of them recorded parallel scenes. The allure of the Cuban landscape has clearly always fascinated those who travel there looking for beauty to capture on canvas.
On offer Saturday, January 27th during our #WinterEstatesAuction: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lot 279. Alfred Gault (American/New Orleans, b. 1840), "Valley of Yumuri, Cuba", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 34 in. x 51 in., period ebonized and gilt‑decorated cove frame with brass title plaque.
🌧🌴🌳 Vallée Yumuri 🌳🌴🌧 Selon la légende, lors de la colonisation espagnole, les Indiens Siboney, qui vivaient dans la vallée, se jetaient du haut des montagnes pour échapper à l’esclavage. Le nom « Yumuri » serait une déformation de l’espagnol « yo morir » (« moi mourir »). #yumuri #valley #cuba #nofilter
Today we drove jeeps to go snorkelling, then drove boats on a river, rode horses on a farm (and ate raw sugar cane!), and finished up by swimming in a cave. We are pooped and happy 😃☀️👙 #cuba #matanzas #yumuri #jeepsafari
Potvůrky co se nestihly ukrýt (při řevu našich ultraživých dětí po návštěvě čokoládové výrobny můžu být ráda aspoň za nějaké úlovky, o fotce kolibříka a jiných úchvatných tvorů, co jsem alespoň koutkem oka zahlédla, si můžu nechat zdát) 😁
#Cubatrip #Barracoa #Yumuri #cuba
Day 23-25 : Going East. Enjoying all the mojitos with live Cuban music in #santiagodecuba. More live music and more mojitos in beautiful #baracoa. Soaking in the river in #yumuri canyon, after visiting a traditional chocolate farm. Only regret is not having hiked the flat peak of #elyunque
Jours 23 à 25 : On passe à l'Est avec d'abord Santiago de Cuba et ensuite Baracoa. Beaucoup de mojitos et de musique live. Promenade et baignade dans le canyon Yumuri après avoir visité une ferme traditionnelle de cacao. Petit regret de ne pas avoir grimpé le sommet plat d'El Yunque.
#cuba #moremojitoplease #aleandsea #whyaddcinnamoninyourchocolate