Bohemian thinking leads the artist to take an interest in the darkest and most primitive side of the society he lives in. This can happen as a reaction to official picturesqueness or religious sentimentalism or as a disturbing identification with the infamies of hardship and ‘degeneracy’. The case of Nonell and his portraits of beggars, cretins or, especially, Gypsy women –always different but always the same– was one of the high points of bohemian ideology.
José Gutiérrez Solana, Les coristes, cap a 1925
Carles Casagemas, Casa de cites, cap a 1900
Josep Maria Casals i Ariet, Sense títol, cap a 1935
Pablo Gargallo, La bèstia de l'home, 1904
Isidre Nonell, Gitana de perfil, 1902