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The Clairvoyant
Benlliure y Gil, José
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Benlliure y Gil, José

Pueblo Nuevo de la Mar, Valencia, 1855 - Valencia, 1937

Benlliure y Gil, José See author's file

The Clairvoyant

1917. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

Since Gustave Courbet, realist painters had been interested in the representation of clairvoyants and mediums, associated by art with feminine practices. Set inside a dark room, Benlliure’s work is a markedly tellurist image offering a visual connection between the supposed paranormal gifts of the protagonist and the world of the irrational, which in the early twentieth century was linked essentially to women.

G. Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2020, p.147 nº 13

Technical data

Inventory number
Benlliure y Gil, José
The Clairvoyant
Height: 121.5 cm; Width: 131.3 cm
Donation by the author to the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1920

Bibliography +

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Valencia y Castellón de la Plana. Valencia. Museo de Bellas Artes, Boletín del Museo del Prado, V, 1984, pp. 198.

José Benlliure Gil (1855-1937), Generalitat Vanlenciana, 2009, pp. 200, 305.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 95-96.

G. Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 147 nº 13.

Other inventories +

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 70-B.

Inscriptions +

José Benlliure / 1917
Signed and dated. Front, Lower right area

M.A.M. 70 (B)
Inscribed in orange. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

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

José Benlliure Gil
22.07.2009 - 11.10.2009

Location +

Valencia - Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia (Deposit)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 23-02-2016

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