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The Confession
Palmaroli y González, Vicente
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Palmaroli y González, Vicente

Zarzalejo, Madrid, 1834 - Madrid, 1896

Palmaroli y González, Vicente See author's file

The Confession

Ca. 1883. Oil on panel.
Not on display

The title of this work alludes to the flirting between the two characters, playing with the similarity between the basket chair and a confessional. The scene deals with one of the most frequent subjects in genre paintings from the second half of the nineteenth century: flirting and other games among the bourgeoisie. In opting for a vertical formant, the painter concentrates our attention on what is taking place, the gallant conversation between the two youths, avoiding the distraction of a broader landscape. The light color scheme, precise drawing and virtuoso finish are worthy of Palmaroli´s finest works. After passing through several private collections, this work was purchased by the artist´s son, who bequeathed it to the Museum of Modern Art in 1931.


Technical data

Inventory number
Palmaroli y González, Vicente
The Confession
Ca. 1883
Height: 137 cm; Width: 63.5 cm
Goupil Collection; Pablo Bosch Collection , 1883; Bauer Collection, 1931; Vicente Palmaroli Reboulet Collection; Legacy of Vicente Palmaroli Reboulet, 1941; Museo de Arte Moderno

Bibliography +

Fortuny y Madrazo, Mariano, Exposición retrospectiva de obras: D. Vicente Palmaroli : 1834-1896, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1936, pp. nº24.

La época de Alfonso XII, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General del Patrimonio, 1980, pp. nº31.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 190.

Symmons, Sarah, The Spanish Diary of Enid Layard, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XVIII, 2000, pp. 92.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 453-454.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo Arte Moderno, 1954. Núm. 450.

Actas traslado de obras MEAC - Prado, 1971-1973. Núm. 565.

Inscriptions +

V. Palmaroli
Signed. Front, lower right corner

Exposición Un siglo de arte español
Scrap of paper. Back

Update date: 08-06-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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