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Vase of Lilacs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1890
Francés y Arribas, Fernanda
Vase of Lilacs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1890
Francés y Arribas, Fernanda

A painter and teacher, Fernanda Francés enjoyed success and public recognition in the Spain of the Restoration. Specialising in flower painting and still lifes, and supported by clear critical [+]

The Slave Girl
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1886
Fabrés y Costa, Antonio María
The Slave Girl
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1886
Fabrés y Costa, Antonio María

Condemned for stealing the jewels that hang in front of her, as is made clear by the sign over her head (“a thief ’s death” in Arabic), the iconography of the picture responds more to an erotic fantas [+]

A Hospital Ward during the Chief Physician’s Round
Oil on canvas. 1889
Jiménez Aranda, Luis
A Hospital Ward during the Chief Physician’s Round
Oil on canvas. 1889
Jiménez Aranda, Luis

At the National Exhibition of 1892, history painting was definitively superseded by social realism. This was largely due to the prestige of this picture, which won the first medal in Madrid after prev [+]

The Human Beast
Oil on canvas. 1897
Fillol Granell, Antonio
The Human Beast
Oil on canvas. 1897
Fillol Granell, Antonio

Fillol presents an uncompromising image of female prostitution that denounces human exploitation and the personal degradation of the victim. Although critics recognised the painting’s audacity and pra [+]

Flevit super illam
Oil on canvas. 1892
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique
Flevit super illam
Oil on canvas. 1892
Simonet Lombardo, Enrique

Simonet´s work is based on a passage from the Gospel of Saint Luke (19: 41) which prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem: “Videns Jesus civitatem flevit super illam” (And when he was come near, he be [+]

Workers on Strike in Vizcaya
Oil on canvas. 1892
Cutanda y Toraya, Vicente
Workers on Strike in Vizcaya
Oil on canvas. 1892
Cutanda y Toraya, Vicente

Social demands crossed over into Spanish art from the real world in the last decade of the 19th century. Cutanda was the most renowned representative of social painting, as he was awarded a first-clas [+]

And They Still Say Fish Is Expensive!
Oil on canvas. 1894
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín
And They Still Say Fish Is Expensive!
Oil on canvas. 1894
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín

This emblematic picture is undoubtedly the best-known work on a social theme produced by Sorolla in his youth. It is also an especially good example of how fully the artist became involved in a genre [+]

The Forage Seller
Oil on canvas. 1875
Villanueva y Vinarao, Esteban
The Forage Seller
Oil on canvas. 1875
Villanueva y Vinarao, Esteban

Sellers of zacate (grass for forage) centred much of the artistic interest in local customs of the Philippines during the second half of the 19th century. Their characteristic dress and appearance mad [+]

Indian Countrywoman
Oil on canvas. 1875
Villanueva y Vinarao, Esteban
Indian Countrywoman
Oil on canvas. 1875
Villanueva y Vinarao, Esteban

Besides the classification of autochthonous types, the set of heads by Villanueva at the Prado clearly illustrates the interest taken by Philippine painters in the local as an object of representation [+]

Grapes of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1895
Riva y Callol, María Luisa de la
Grapes of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1895
Riva y Callol, María Luisa de la

María Luisa de la Riva enjoyed solid success as a still life painter not only in Spain but also in Paris, where she spent much of her professional career. Besides developing a characteristic wa [+]

Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. 1881
Luna y Novicio, Juan
Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. 1881
Luna y Novicio, Juan

In Cleopatra, Luna dramatises the death of the Egyptian queen, a longstanding and popular subject in European painting. As penned by the Greek biographer Plutarch, Cleopatra was discovered dead in her [+]

The Blossoming of Love
Carrara marble. 1905
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
The Blossoming of Love
Carrara marble. 1905
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel

A representation of the first amorous encounter of a youthful couple. In a style some have called lyrical, Blay transmits the soft warmth of adolescent figures modeled with exceptional realism. They a [+]

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