JULIO ROMERO DE TORRES

Córdoba, 1874 – 1930

The Two Paths

1911 – 1912

Oil and tempera on canvas

170 x 140 cm.

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JULIO ROMERO DE TORRES

Córdoba, 1874 – 1930

A nude woman is lying on a divan with an elaborate decoration of gilt Baroque motifs. She leans forward slightly towards the viewer, allowing her body to be fully visible. Totally naked and displaying her body, her head is covered by a delicate lace mantilla. The lace continues beneath her body with the result that her skin touches both the ivory mantilla and the white sheets. On either side of her are two female figures: a nun in a habit and a woman offering jewels on a tray, the two with completely different expressions.

Romero de Torres presented The Two Paths at the National Painting Competition in 1912 as a provocative response to the lack of appreciation he had received in its previous edition. The Association of Painters and Sculptors proposed it for the first prize medal but once again the jury was unable to appreciate the artist’s work. In contrast, it was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Exhibition in Munich in 1913. The Two Paths is the first work to make use of the mystical, enigmatic language with its powerful narrative charge that uniquely characterises this artist’s work.

José Gómez Frechina

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JULIO ROMERO DE TORRES

Córdoba, 1874 – 1930

The Two Paths

1911 – 1912

Oil and tempera on canvas

170 x 140 cm.