La Gomena (Towing a Boat)

Primary Creator
Painter Ettore Tito
Height27 inches
StyleRealism (19th, 20th, 21st Century)
Width67 inches
Name of WorkLa Gomena (Towing a Boat)
Production Date1909
Production Location

Current Location
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna
Media Typesoil on canvas
General Notes

There appears to be more than one of these paintings by Tito. There is one in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Roma (which may be different in size than the dimensions given in this entry). There is at least one in a private collection (from which these dimensions are taken, and has a wider format than the one in the d'Arte Moderna).


A dynamic composition centered on a beautiful, strong woman pulling mightily on a tow rope, pulling a boat in, on the beach. There are several other subsidiary figures, boys, men, horse, also laboring to pull the boat in. The sky is a complex of clouds and color, and the overall look is of a world of light and hard effort. In one version, the boat is fully in the picture, though in another version, it is mostly truncated and thus hard to make out. The female figure is clearly central, and is visually even more prominent because her baroque flowing clothes almost melds into the baroque clouds beyond, making her almost cosmic in visual character.


The will and the power of a woman. Implacable determination.

Emotional Sum or Sense-of-life

There is great effort in life, and a woman can be the master of it. This painting is a curious combination of romantic heroism and 19th century genre naturalism. It has a visual dynamism and dramatic content that is strongly romantic, yet the subject is the prosaic task of pulling a boat out of the water.


horse, strength, woman