We are delighted to present an exhibition of museum quality landscape paintings by Spanish modern masters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Spanish Modern Landscapes follows a successful introductory exhibition into the art of the period, The Golden Age of Spanish Modern Art in 2020. This second foray into the area will focus on how these artists responded to the dramatic and varied Spanish landscape as subject matter, depicting it in unique ways which pre-empt and reflect movements such as Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism. At a time when many of us are trapped inside, these landscape paintings offer an escape into the otherworldly beauty of Spain at the end of the 19th century.
To realise this presentation, we have collaborated once again with two of Barcelona’s most influential and venerable galleries, Sala Parés (est. 1877) and Artur Ramon Art (est. 1911), combining more than five hundred years of collective knowledge and experience. We have sourced the highest quality works, with many of the landscapes presented here coming from the pinnacle of the artist’s output. This exhibition forms part of an ongoing strategic project by the trio to bring Spanish artists from the turn of the 20th century to wider public recognition, restoring the prestige of arguably one of the best schools of painting in Europe.
Spanish Modern Landscapes is comprised of twenty-three works by thirteen artists. All of them trained at the art academies of Barcelona, but many were drawn to Paris, at the time the epicentre of the art world. Unlike their peers, however, who included Degas, Picasso and Dali, few are household names beyond their native Spain. This exhibition aims to build upon the growing appreciation for this Spanish group which has come following exhibitions appraising ‘Catalan Modernisme’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as our own exhibition at Colnaghi London last summer, The Golden Age of Spanish Modern Art.
We hope you enjoy it.
Workshops and Galleries
The art world in modernist Barcelona was divided into two areas: workshops and galleries. Artworks were made in workshops, and sold in galleries. Francesc Serra Dimas (1877-1967) was a well-known photographer from Barcelona, who was linked to the modernist artists of the time. He specialized in the reproduction of works of art and in capturing artists' studios on postcards - forming the series, 'Our artists' - which he then sold to the best galleries in the city, which included the Sala Parés. Through his work we can learn about these unique artistic environments, and recreate the atmosphere in which the Golden Age of Spanish painting around 1900 was conceived.