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Nude Boy on the Beach at Portici
Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano
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Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano

Reus, Tarragona, 1838 - Roma, 1874

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Nude Boy on the Beach at Portici

1874. Oil on panel, 13 x 19 cm.

This work was painted in the village of Portici, near Naples, where Fortuny spent the summer of 1874 with his family. There, he worked outdoors, painting sea scenes for the first time. An experienced painter of nudes, he captured the child’s anatomy directly in paint and with extraordinary precision. His choice of postures successfully transmits the child’s pleasure under the warm sun and the light shining on different parts of his or her body with touches of blue, green and pink. Resolved with rapid, loose brushstrokes that contrast with the finely finished nude, the work denotes a very new approach to painting outdoors the same year that the first impressionist exhibition was held. In its composition, with the right leg extended and the left folded over it, this figure recalls the famous Hellenist Hermaphrodite from the Borghese Collection (Musée du Louvre) of which there is a bronze copy at the Museo del Prado (E223). While less marked, there is also a certain ambiguity about the present figure’s sex.

This may be the most successful of all Fortuny’s paintings from Portici. It was acquired by Ramón de Errazu at the sale of the Fortuny Atelier in Paris for 6,900 Francs. Errazu also had another painting on the same subject, which is even smaller. That work’s dimensions coincide with those of another nude with the same title, which shows a nude child reclining diagonally and facing the viewer (Text drawn from Barón, J.: El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo del Prado, 2007, pp. 306-307).

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Technical data

Inventory number
P02606
Author
Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano
Title
Nude Boy on the Beach at Portici
Date
1874
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 13 cm.; Width: 19 cm.
Provenance
Painter's heirs, 1874; Collection of Ramón de Errazu ; Legacy of Ramón de Errazu y Rubio de Tejada, 1904

Bibliography +

Exposición Fortuny, Servicio de Defensa del Patrimonio Artístico Nacional, Barcelona, 1940, pp. nº252.

Lozoya, Juan de Contreras y López de Ayala, Marqués de, Historia del arte hispánico, V, Salvat, Barcelona, 1949, pp. 400.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Ainaud de Lasarte, Josep M., Mariano Fortuny, Comisaría Nacional de Museos y Exposiciones Junta de Museos de Barcelona, Barcelona, 1974, pp. nº1860.

Pintores españoles de la luz, Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, Banco de Bilbao, 1983, pp. nº13.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 81.

Gonzalez Lopez, Carlos, Mariano Fortuny Marsal, I, Diccionario Rafols, Barcelona, 1989, pp. 370, 371.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Fortuny: pinturas, dibujos y grabados, Museo Nacional del Nacional, 1998.

Doñate Font, Mercé, Fortuny (1838-1874), Mnac, Barcelona, 2003, pp. 318 nº120.

El legado de Ramón de Errazu: Fortuny, Madrazo y Rico, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2005, pp. 134, nº14.

El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 306-307 nº67.

Torres González, Begoña, Fortuny : un mundo en miniatura, Libsa, Madrid, 2008, pp. 374.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 59 n.271.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 208.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 193-194.

Prado captive beauty : treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n.98.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1358.
Autor = Mariano Fortuny / 1358. Asunto = Desnudo de mujer (tabla) / Dimensiones = alto = 0,13 ancho = 0,19 [Nota en el margen izquierdo=] Como se ha notado que los cuadros de la colección legada por D. Ramón de Errazu, no se hallan inventariados, se ponen ahora en este sitio aunque debieran estar antes. / Legado de D. Ramón de Errazu, que se aceptó por Real Orden de 13 de diciembre de 1904

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1933. Núm. nº 3 Legado Errazu.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 2606.

Exhibitions +

Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874)
Madrid
02.11.2017 - 31.03.2018

Captive Beauty. Treasures from The Prado Museum
Tokio
10.10.2015 - 31.01.2016

La bellesa captiva. Petits tresors del Museo del Prado
Barcelona
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
Barcelona
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
Madrid
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

El Siglo XIX en el Prado
31.10.2007 - 20.04.2008

El legado Ramón Errazu: Fortuny, Madrazo y Rico
13.12.2005 - 12.03.2006

Mariano Fortuny
Barcelona
16.10.2003 - 18.01.2004

Location +

Room 063 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 03-12-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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