Inventory number
P04616
Author
Rosales Gallina, Eduardo (Spanish)
Title
Female Nude (after bathing)
Chronology
Ca. 1869
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
185 cm x 90 cm
School
Española
Theme
Figura Humana
On display
Yes
Provenance
Nuevas Adquisciones, 1878; Museo de Arte Moderno.

An image of a woman in a bathroom, just at the moment when she leans to the left in order to dry her leg with a white cloth. The luminous nude stands out against the green curtain in the boackground. The curtain and cloth are reflected in the water.

Rosales applies a very thin coat of paint, achieving an effect that, along with his skillful and speedy execution, constitute the most notable aspects of this work. Also characteristic is his manner of leaving the priming visible in many areas of the canvas, especially the curtain. In that way, he manages to bring out the volume of the female nude, giving it a monumental effect. Moreover, this technique gives the painting a characteristic unfinished appearance that was common in other works by him from the same period.

This painting was acquired from Pablo Bosch on 12 June 1878 for the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture. Soon after, it entered the Museum of Modern Art.

 
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