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The Swarm or The Fair
Alberti Barceló, Fernando
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Alberti Barceló, Fernando

Madrid, 1870 - Madrid, 1950

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The Swarm or The Fair

1912. Oil on canvas. Room B

This scene of local customs shows a group of young women looking out at the viewer from a merry-go-round. The ambiguity of their attitudes perplexed the critics at the National Exhibition, who focused their comments on its artistic qualities in view of their failure to ascertain its narrative essence. The magazine Madrid Cómico, on the other hand, interpreted the young women’s expressions as somewhat brazen, describing them as typical of “some jovial seamstresses” who “like a merry go-round”.

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Inventory number
Alberti Barceló, Fernando
The Swarm or The Fair
Height: 155 cm.; Width: 119.5 cm.
Acquired from the author, 1915; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1915-1971; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016

Bibliography +

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. V. Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu, Boletín del Museo del Prado, II, 1981, pp. 131.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general., Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 49.

G.Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 149 nº 15.

Other inventories +

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 112A.

Inv. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Núm. AS00179.

Location +

Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 16-10-2020 | Registry created on 06-10-2015

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