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The Human Beast
Fillol Granell, Antonio
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Fillol Granell, Antonio

Valencia, 1870 - Castellnovo (Castellón), 1930

Fillol Granell, Antonio See author's file

The Human Beast

1897. Oil on canvas. Room B

A masterpiece of Spanish naturalism inspired by Émile Zola’s novel of the same name, The Human Beast shows a young woman being initiated into prostitution. Dressed in mourning because she has recently been orphaned, she is being persuaded by a procuress to offer her services to the waiting man, who smokes impassively. With no metaphors or palliatives, Fillol openly denounces the degrading exploitation of women, going a step further than other more oblique depictions of prostitution.

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Inventory number
Fillol Granell, Antonio
The Human Beast
Height: 190 cm.; Width: 280 cm.
Acquired by the State for the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1910

Bibliography +

Un Siglo de Pintura Valenciana, Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia, 1994.

Tres mitos españoles: La Celestina, Don Quijote, Don Juan, Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoracines Culturales, Madrid, 2004.

Alcaide, J.L Pérez Rojas, F.J, Antonio Fillol Granell (1890-1930): Naturalismo radical y modernismo, Ajuntament de València, Valencia, 2015, pp. 48-59.

Díez ,J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 190.

G.Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 163 nº 17.

Other inventories +

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 51-F.

Inv. Museo Arte Moderno, 1954. Núm. 169.

Actas traslado de obras MEAC - Prado, 1971-1973. Núm. 163.

Exhibitions +

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

Antonio Fillol Granell
20.04.2015 - 27.09.2015

Tres mitos españoles: la Celestina, el Quijote y Don Juan
19.02.2004 - 14.04.2004

Un siglo de pintura valenciana: 1880-1890. Intuiciones y propuestas
12.09.1994 - 30.09.1994

Un siglo de pintura valenciana: 1880-1890. Intuiciones y propuestas
21.07.1994 - 04.09.1994

Un siglo de pintura valenciana: 1880-1890. Intuiciones y propuestas
20.05.1994 - 10.07.1994

Location +

Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal

Displayed objects +



Update date: 16-10-2020 | Registry created on 01-09-2016

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