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Bárbara y Balza, Joaquín
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Bárbara y Balza, Joaquín

Llodio, Álava (Spain), 1867 - Madrid (Sapin), 1931

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1896. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

In the work the corpses of two castaways are represented, the youngest with his chest exposed. Both lie between the nets and tackle that are scattered on the bottom of a boat guided by a sailor in the middle of the sea. For the realization of this painting, Barbara made several excursions to the coastal towns, neighboring Rome. The painting was highly praised by the critics of its time, where they noticed the expression of the sailor who has survived the tragedy and seriously reflects on what happened. The character therefore has a strong dramatic accent. As a technique, the drawing is correct and there is strong evidence of natural study. The work is framed within the theme of fashionable social realism and completely escapes what is expected from the first shipment of a pensioner. These would be the reasons why it happened to be a mature and medal-worthy work. Even so, this apparent thematic novelty is not accompanied by the pictorial ease to which the theme invites. On the contrary, the painter concentrates on old expressive problems. The academic character is clearly seen in the uniform intonation, which is rather muted. Likewise, the somewhat stiff surfaces make painting a discreet creation.

Reyero, Carlos, Roma y el ideal académico. La pintura en la Academia Española de Roma (1873-1903), Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, 1992, p.158

Technical data

Inventory number
Bárbara y Balza, Joaquín
Height: 184.7 cm; Width: 253.4 cm
Ministerio de Estado, 1930; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1930-1971; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016

Bibliography +

Reyero, Carlos, Roma y el ideal académico. La pintura en la Academia Española de Roma (1873-1903), Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, 1992, pp. 158.

Artistas Vascos en Roma 1865-1915, Caja Gipuzkoa, San Sebastián, 1995, pp. 303.

Orihuela, M. Cenalmor, E. Gandía, E., El Prado Disperso: Obras depositadas en Alicante, Avila (Las Navas de Marqués) Ciudad Real, Santander y Soria., Boletín del Museo del Prado, 28, 2010, pp. 94.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 89.

Other inventories +

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 105-B.

Exhibitions +

Vascos en Roma
San Sebastián
21.07.1995 - 03.09.1995

Roma y el ideal académico. La pintura del ochocientos en la Academia
09.09.1992 - 15.10.1992

Location +

MUBAG - Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina (Deposit)

Update date: 24-12-2021 | Registry created on 10-02-2016

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