O TESOURO

Private collection

Polychrome wood

2x0´80 m

1924

Depicts a girl dressed in traditional costume, stands out her handkerchief for the delicate work. She returns of the fair after of to buy a calf, "the treasure". Asorey is witness of the actual scene, contemplates in the Porta do Camiño and faithfully reproduces the scene. The woman has the typical physiognomy of the artist: light eyes, high cheekbones and rosy, and shows an expression of pride due to your purchase, carrying a lamb in his arms while she advances firm steps and resolute. The issue about the bearing of an animal is found from the Greek statuary in the Moscophoros, too in christian art, where the animal acquires a religious symbolism. At the same time extols the life of the village, based on the field and in the agricultural and livestock economics. The field is reflected in the skirt of the young in the embroidery with of flowers and leaves.

To achieve the greatest possible realism in the representation of the body, posture, movement and force, the ​​model girl had to load with a
dog with the weight of a lamb on her arms, for to study the tension of the muscles with the weight of the animal. Let's remember that Asorey was forensic anatomical sculptor of the Santiago School of Medicine, therefore their knowledge and concern about anatomy and his obsession for to reproduce faithfully it.

The work had a pedestal, nonexistent today.

Asorey presents the work in the Exposición Nacional in Madrid in 1924, where it occupies a privileged place and brings high praise from critics; however the populist theme don't pleases to the academy, which gives the second medal. As result a great outcry popular in Galicia, where Asorey is honored with a meal in Sobrado and declares "and as I already have a second medal, they will have to give me to first. They will give it to me": "E como xa conto cunha segunda medalla, terán que darme a primeira, e daranma! ". Even the popular poetry reflects the feeling of amends:
"Anqu´ise segundo premio, contando ben, foi xusticia, quó primeiro xa ch´o deran, déracho toda Galicia".

The commission of the judges resigns with reason of to give the second medal to the artist, but next day, the secretary obligues them to accept this decision.

The work was bought by Luca de Tena, director of the newspaper ABC, for double the prize money (10.000 pesetas). It was resold in 2011.


The Museo do Pobo Galego preserves the original in plaster; it was a donation of the Escuela de Artes y Oficios Maestro Mateo.