Arabesque and Seduction

6 November 2012 - 31 March 2013
Hermen Anglada-Camarasa

Bust of a Woman

c. 1894-1898 Oil on canvas, 70.5 x 40 cm Colección Anglada-Camarasa Fundación "la Caixa" © David Bonet_2012
Torso de mujer
Hermen Anglada-Camarasa


c. 1899 Oil on panel, 35 x 26.5 cm Colección Anglada-Camarasa Fundación "la Caixa" © David Bonet_2012

Evocation of the nude

From the outset of his career Anglada-Camarasa was extremely interested in the depiction of the nude, principally female figures. At this period the nude body was a fundamental motif for art students when practicing their drawing skills. After his initial training in Barcelona, in 1894 Anglada-Camarasa went to Paris for the first time at which point he turned to a new type of subject matter that marks the start of his first Paris period (1894-1904).

His Parisian nudes still deploy the academic line found in his earlier Catalan works but they soon move towards what would become his most characteristic style with its notably Symbolist presentation of women, probably influenced by the work of Gustave Moreau.