Flores Deshojadas (Thorn Flowers), by Ramón Casas.⁠ 🎨 A

Flores Deshojadas (Thorn Flowers), by Ramón Casas.⁠ 🎨 A

6/6/2021, 4:05:16 PM
Flores Deshojadas (Thorn Flowers), by Ramón Casas.⁠ 🎨 A young naked woman on the floor surrounded by torn rose petals, viewed from a particularly aggressive point from above. This helpless teen acts as a human metaphor of the 19th century paramedical belief that syphilies could be cured through sex with a virgin, which resulted in a great increase of rape in adolescents. Casas denounces the fact with this composition. He had an emerging tradition of naked girls lying on the ground already, but this one caused a great scandal and nobody bought it, so he gifted it to his friend Albeniz. ⁠ 👨‍🎨 Ramón Casas y Carbó (Spanish, 1866-1932) was a reputed painter of the elite in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris. Also a graphic designer, he contributed to define Catalonian modernism. While convalescent from tuberculosis in Barcelona key artistic figures such as Zuloaga, and made his home of Els Quatre Cats, a bar equivalent to the Parisian Chat Noir and place of reunion to many personalities. He came to international recognition after the 1900 Paris Exposition. As his success as portraitist grew, Casas settled back in Barcelona and met Julia Peraire, who would become his lover and main inspiration. He travelled across Europe before the First World War and held important exhibitions before settling in Barcelona indefinitely. This exquisite composition is dedicated to his beloved friend the great composer Albeniz, as signed on the canvas. ⁠ 📐 Height: 101 cm (39.76 in). Width: 80 cm (31.49 in). Oil on canvas, 1894.⁠ 🏛 Private collection.⁠ What do you think about this? ⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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