El Jaleo from Dusk to Dawn

Hey babes! Notice anything different? We’ve got a new look here on Museworthy. I hope you all like the new design and layout. This blog was published in the same theme continuously from its inception. It was called “Dusk” and Museworthy was launched in that theme four years ago. But it felt like it was time for a change. This new theme is actually the updated version of Dusk, and is called Dusk to Dawn. I might still make some adjustments and tweak the settings, but all in all I think it’s aesthetically pleasing. I felt  a little sad letting the old theme go, but I am already comfortable with this one. Hope you are too! I welcome feedback from all readers.

To celebrate Museworthy’s new appearance, and have a Music Monday, I’d like to share a work of art I’ve kept “on reserve” for a special occasion; a masterful painting by the one and only John Singer Sargent. This is El Jaleo from 1882 which was inspired by Sargent’s travels in Spain. A gypsy dancer does her thing, theatrically and expressively, as musicians accompany her movements. This is quintessential Sargent in my opinion, with his legendary artistic strengths on full display – gesture, fabrics, and the interplay between lights and darks. Just look at that outstretched arm, and the light bouncing off her skin. Also take note of the strumming fingers of the guitar players in the background (click for closeups) and the reveling women on the right, whose red garments provide the only real “color” in the otherwise monochromatic composition. This image is a “must-enlarge”. Please do so and marvel at the details. El Jaleo is on permanent view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

6 thoughts on “El Jaleo from Dusk to Dawn

  1. Bill MacDonald says:

    Like the new look — a birthday makeover of sorts.

    BTW, for anyone heading toward Boston — the Gardner Museum opened a new wing several months ago — a momentous occasion for a museum that had never done anything new. The new wing includes a new concert hall — another plus for Music Monday.

    • artmodel says:


      Yes, when I was in Boston last December the Gardner Museum was still closed for the restoration. I guess I’ll have to return to see the new wing and concert hall 🙂

      Thanks for your comments and the link!


  2. violinhunter says:

    It’s a very pretty painting. Jaleo – loosely translated means “commotion.” Jale is slang for “work.” I guess that means one can actually have fun at work. James Michener wrote that in his (exhaustive) travels through Spain, he was actually never able to find a good flamenco troupe. Is that ironic or what? By the way, I like this new look – I love simplicity.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Happy birthday! I was reading Museworthy when you turned 40 and it’s good to see your blog is still going strong 🙂

    • artmodel says:


      Yes, still going strong, much to my amazement! This blog owes its staying power to loyal readers like you.

      Thanks so much for your comments!


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