From El Greco to Dali

The Musée Jacquemart-André presents until August 2010 a prestigious collection of paintings by the Spanish masters offering a selection of paintings that has never been exhibited in France before. Among them are works by artists from the Spanish School such as El Greco, Ribera, Murillo, Sorolla, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. The exhibited works are selected from the private collection of Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, an important Hispano-Mexican businessman and celebrated art collector who began to build his collection in the 1970s.

The exhibition is structured by both themes and by chronology. Starting with a selection of the sixteenth century court paintings commissioned during the heyday of the Spanish kingdom under the reign of Charles V (Charles I of Spain) and his successors .
A big part of the exhibition is of course inspired by religion. Alongside the traditional subjects of the Christian faith, artists of the time are inspired by mystical ideas and devoted their interests in the depiction of saints such as Saint John the Baptist, Virgin Mary and Saint Jerome. Highlighting the selection is Dalí’s L’Ascension du Christ.

But the period when child portraiture has risen to prominence in Spanish paintings, is also presented such as  Sorolla’s Sur la plage , depicting the scene of mother and child on the beach.

Continuing with subject of the everyday life with a particular focus on outdoor paintings, featuring works such as Sorolla’s Soleil du matin (1901) and Godoy’s La Balançoire (1899-1900). And  the theme of feminine figures, with particular focus on bathers and nude figures which dominated the interests of Spanish artists at the turn of the twentieth century. Artists employ different styles in the depiction of the female forms, as seen in the simple strokes of the plump figures in Picasso’s Grande danse nue (1962), the soft, sensual portrayal of the bather in Buñol’s Après le bain (1913), and in Miró’s Personnage étoile.

Ending with the painting of portraiture dated from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Highlighting the selection is Romero de Torres’ Portrait de femme (around 1925-1930), which captures a Beauty endowed with a sense of mysteriousness. The captivating dark eyes and the delicate features create a mystical veil upon the subject which entraps and fascinates. The exhibition ends with the works of the modern Spanish masters who play an important role in the avant-garde movements. Among them are notably works by Picasso, Dalí, Tàpies and Miró.

From El Greco to Dalí.
The great Spanish masters. The Pérez Simón collection.
Jacquemart-André Museum,158, Boulevard Haussmann,75008 Paris
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