Vicente Palmaroli produced several paintings following this ‘on the beach’ theme, featuring well dressed women sitting admiring the sea view. This figure reclines and looks serenely out into the landscape beyond the painting, seemingly lost in thought, alongside her dog companion.
Vicente Palmaroli, born in 1834, was the son of painter and lithographer Gaetano Palmaroli, who was also his first tutor. He later moved to Rome and there became part of a collective of Spanish painters including Maria Fortuny, Alejo Vera, and Luis Alvarez Catala. With works created in Italy he won multiple First-Class medals for his participation in National Exhibitions in Spain. He progressed into a renowned portrait artist and an academic. His work then specialised in ‘tableautins’, which were small compositions depicting light and amusing themes designed for the home. Eventually he was appointed Director of the Museo del Prado – he held this position until his death in 1896.