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Las Presidentas (The Women Presiding)
Urquiola y Aguirre, Eduardo
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Urquiola y Aguirre, Eduardo

Algorta, Vizcaya, 1865 - Madrid, 1932

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Las Presidentas (The Women Presiding)

1915. Oil on canvas. Room B

The title of this monumental scene of local custom refers to the women forming the entourage of the president of a bullfight. Characterised by their luxurious dresses, hair-combs, mantillas and shawls, they are making the final adjustments to their outfits before the event. The scene, which one critic called an "outpouring of feminine grace and Spanishness", lies half-way between the group portrait and the costumbrista depiction of one of the most frequent social gatherings at the start of the twentieth century, a great occasion for the exhibition of class distinction.

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Urquiola y Aguirre, Eduardo
Las Presidentas (The Women Presiding)
Height: 200 cm.; Width: 280.5 cm.
Acquired by the State for the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1915; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1915-1971; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016

Bibliography +

Pantorba, B. de, Historia y crítica de las Exposiciones Nacionales de Bellas Artes, Jesús Ramón García Rama, Madrid, 1980, pp. 228.

Arte y literatura en la edad de plata: la mirada del 98, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Madrid, 1998, pp. 169-170.

Orihuela, Mercedes y Cenalmor, Elena, El ''Prado disperso''. Obras depositadas en Almería y Jaén. Jaén. Museo, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 23, 2005, pp. 129.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general., Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 574.

G.Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 224 nº 47.

Other inventories +

Registro del Museo de Arte Moderno, 1954. Núm. 12-U.

Exhibitions +

Uninvited Guests. Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931)
06.10.2020 - 14.03.2021

Arte y literatura en la Edad de Plata. La mirada del 98
01.10.1998 - 01.11.1998

Arte y literatura en la Edad de Plata. La mirada del 98
04.05.1998 - 21.06.1998

Location +

Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal

Displayed objects +


Update date: 16-10-2020 | Registry created on 19-04-2017

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