- Alternative title
- las meninas
- Place where the work was made
- Media category
- Materials used
- type C photograph
- 78.0 x 65.0 cm image; 122.0 x 99.0 x 4.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed l.c. verso frame, black ink on white label "Y Morimura". Not dated.
- Gift of the artist 2016
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Yasumasa Morimura
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In this meditation on Diego Velázquez and the 17th century Spanish artist’s compelling painting at the Prado, Madrid, Morimura has reworked the 1656 painting 'Las meninas', enhancing the mysteries and creating a possible narrative of appearance and disappearance. Morimura is also intrigued by the painter’s interest in those outside the mainstream of society as much as those who patronised him. Morimura was allowed to photograph at night in the Prado and, as is usual in his work, he plays every figure. What is unusual is that this is the first time Morimura has used an actual location rather than remaking it. The work plays on the notion that objects in a museum may come alive after the visitors have left.
'Las meninas' 1656 is one of the most analysed paintings in the history of art. Who is looking at who and who is a reflection or representation remains tantalisingly unresolved. It is a painting that Morimura long considered a work he wished to ‘inhabit’ because of its status and complexity.
'In praise of Velazquez: distinguished ones in confinement' shows each figure as played by Morimura gazing out beyond the frame.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Time, light, Japan: Japanese art 1990s to now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Dec 2016–14 May 2017
Referenced in 1 publication
Morimura Yasumasa, Las Meninas Renacen De Noche, Minatoku, 27 Sep 2013, (colour illus.). not paginated
Other works by Morimura Yasumasa
Las meninas reborn in the night I: kneeling before Velázquez's casket Morimura Yasumasa 2013, printed 2016 231.2016.1
Las meninas reborn in the night II: finding a tiny waver within silence Morimura Yasumasa 2013, printed 2016 231.2016.2
See all 15 works