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The Toilette
Oil on canvas. 1899
Godoy Castro, Federico
The Toilette
Oil on canvas. 1899
Godoy Castro, Federico

Unlike most of the toilettes painted by modernist artists, this one stands out for its domestic focus and its realist language. Despite the light-filled room’s appearance of cosy intimacy, Godoy’s work contains a veiled critique of the mother, who is neglecting her children and her untidy home while she combs her hair absent-mindedly in front of a mirror. The work forms part of the nineteenth-cent

On the Beach of Santa Clara Sanatorium
Oil on canvas. 1903
Godoy Castro, Federico
On the Beach of Santa Clara Sanatorium
Oil on canvas. 1903
Godoy Castro, Federico

The picture shows some children from the sanatorium of Santa Clara, founded in 1901 by Dr Tolosa Latour, bathing on the beach at Chipiona. Both the form and the message of the composition are clearly indebted to Sorolla’s Sad Inheritance! (Valencia, Colección Bancaja), as it too denounces the dire consequences for children’s health of the ill habits of their parents, whose subsequent physic

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