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Old Tree Trunk
Jiménez Aranda, José
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Jiménez Aranda, José

Sevilla, 1837 - Sevilla, 1903

Jiménez Aranda, José See author's file

Old Tree Trunk

1886. Gouache / tempera on paper.
Not on display

An old tree trunk attracted Jiménez Aranda’s attention during his walks in the outskirts of Paris, and he devoted this painting from life to it, in which he represents in extraordinary detail its rough texture, its knots and its twisted forms. In this way, the tree trunk becomes the central focus of the painting in which the atmosphere is created by contrasts between light and shadow. An exquisite exercise, painted from nature, this is an extremely realistic depiction of an old tree trunk in a small clearing in the forest. Presented at the Universal Exposition of Paris in 1889, this work is impressive in its quality, allowing us to almost make out the face and psychology of a personage, with light as its main protagonist. This taste for nature has been identified with the artist's preference for the work of Meissonier and Menzel. Jim

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Jiménez Aranda, José
Old Tree Trunk
Gouache / tempera
Height: 480 mm; Width: 320 mm
Museum of Modern Art

Bibliography +

De la Puente, Joaquín, Casón del Buen Retiro. Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 111.

Jose Jimenez Aranda 1837-1903, Fundacion el Monte, Sevilla, 2005.

Other inventories +

Inv. Dibujos siglo XIX, Casón del Buen Retiro. Núm. 839.

Números descatalogados del inventario informático. Núm. P004356.
Por indicación del Jefe de Área de Pintura del S. XIX se cambió su numeración

Inscriptions +

Signed and dated. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

Temporary display: "Fortuny and the Splendour of Spanish Watercolours in the Prado"
02.03.2011 - 04.09.2011

José Jiménez Aranda
10.10.2005 - 30.11.2005

Update date: 05-01-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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