It blended in so superbly with an urban landscape of a fishing village. It gave it the human touch besides the occasional people that walked there. The buildings in egg york yellow, pink, white and blue were a perfect frame of colors. The whole set-up struck me from a distance of 30 meters in the street C/Mequinez of Puerto de la Cruz.
The impact was breath taking.
I saw its highlight of a woman's face before but, unfinished, I think. It was mentioned with 'arte urbano' in a Spanish newspaper. I wasn't much impressed by it at the time. I discarded it as trendy aesthetics and lost interest. Also, I never searched for it when I didn't see it on tour through the old quarters which I always pass when I walk into town.
The woman was a stranger to me. She was clad in modern attire.
But who was this female with curly blue hair and a trendy shawl? Who was she who was the focal point of an artistic composition with riddles?
The face seemed to look into my soul. I was so taken, captivated, mesmerized and also curious. I had to trace that personality. Imagine a face that perturbs you like a ghost but, in plain daylight...
Now, Carmen Amaya became the theme of the mural. The image matched the one in the Tenerife Ranilla with the face which I couldn't get out of my mind.
Indeed this gitana ( gypsy) who was a native from Barcelona like La Singla who came after her was the greatest Flamenco dancer of all times and is a true legend today.
Last not least, there is something in Puerto de la Cruz old Quarters the Ranilla where also find more information about the artist who paid homage to this unique dancer and amazing Spanish folk music.
Unfortunately, I shall never see live Flamenco by Carmen who left the world on November 19, 1963.
I've just changed my complimenting link, as you may want to know as much as possible about this Spanish dancer who was fervently admired by Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, the US presidents Roosevelt and Truman and many more celebrities of century XX.
The best biography I discovered about her is by Carlos Olalla and it's called "Carmen Amaya el mar me enseño a bailar", but it's in Spanish. Then, there's a Wiki here
From Carmen Amaya back to Spain art much of which is outside galleries.
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