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Woman nude
Jiménez Aranda, José
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Jiménez Aranda, José

Sevilla, 1837 - Sevilla, 1903

Jiménez Aranda, José See author's file

Woman nude

Ca. 1885. Oil on panel.
On display elsewhere

It seems that Jiménez Aranda has painted from life the scene in this small panel, the model for which physically resembles the one in his A Slave for Sale (P006450). The woman shields herself from the artist’s gaze in a pose far from Academy conventions. She is set in the sumptuous interior of an atelier, hiding her face with her hands and her bosom with her arms in a last-ditch attempt to resist showing her body.

The tension in the work – between the vulnerability of the naked body exposed to the eyes of the artist and the public and the dramatic mood conveyed by the model’s body language – is in contrast to the solution offered ten years later by Rafael de la Torre in his The Struggle to Live (P006634), which was awarded a third-place medal at the 1895 National Exhibition for a work with the same theme.

G. Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2020, p.193 nº 34

Technical data

Inventory number
Jiménez Aranda, José
Woman nude
Ca. 1885
Height: 28.8 cm; Width: 19.3 cm
Donated by Pedro Ruiz Prieto to the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1908; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1908–1971; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016

Bibliography +

Orihuela, Mercedes y Cenalmor, Elena, El ''Prado disperso''. Obras depositadas en Málaga. I. Museo de Málaga, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXI, 2003, pp. 130.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 302.

G. Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 193 nº 34.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo Arte Moderno, 1954. Núm. 271.

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 41-J.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in pencil. Rear

Inv. MAM 1954
Printed label. Rear

M.A.M. 41 (JA)
Inscribed in dark color. Front, lower left corner

Testamentaría del pintor
Seal. Front, lower right corner

Location +

Málaga - Museo de Málaga (Deposit)

Update date: 19-01-2023 | Registry created on 25-05-2017

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