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Julio Romero de Torres
1874 - 1930
SPANISH
LA BUENAVENTURA
signed JULIO ROMERO / DE TORRES centre right; signed and inscribed PINTADO AL ÓLEO / Y AL TEMPLE on the reverse
oil on canvas
100 by 170cm., 39½ by 67in.
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Provenance

Doctor Eduardo Semprún, Madrid (acquired from the artist in 1922. Semprún was director of the Instituto Técnico de Higiene de Sanidad Militar in Madrid, a close friend of the artist and collector of his work)
Private Collection, Argentina
Private collection, Mexico
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1938; thence by descent

Literature

Emiliano M. Aguilera, El Desnudo en el arte, 1932, p. 156, illustrated
Pedro Massa, Romero de Torres, Buenos Aires, 1943, n.p., listed; n.p., figs. 94 & 95, illustrated
Mercedes Valverde Candil & Ana Maria Piriz Salgado, Catalogo del Museo Julio Romero de Torres, Cordoba, 1989, p. 198, fig. 84, illustrated
Julio Romero de Torres. Símbolo, Materia y Obsesión, exh. cat., Cordoba, 2003, p. 104, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1922. As with so many of Romero's paintings, the subject of the present work addresses a timeless predicament. Propped up on pillows, a young virginal girl reclines naked on a white linen sheet. Her classic pose reprises that of reclining nudes through the ages, from Giorgione and Titian to the affrontery of Manet's Olympia. Her innocence is implicit in the purity of the apple by her side; behind her a temptress taunts her with a playing car. But the young girl turns her head away from her nemesis to look out at the viewer. The question implicit in her enigmatic gaze: do I dare eat of the forbidden fruit?

 

19th Century European Paintings

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