The Museum of Modernism gathers the “Gardens of Spain” painted by Santiago Rusiñol
The Museum of Modernism in Barcelona has gathered in an exhibition a wide selection of the “Gardens of Spain” painted by Santiago Rusiñol, and in which he expressed his “poetic vision” of the landscape modified by the human being, explained the curator Mercedes Palau-Ribes in a press conference.
The exhibition ‘Santiago Rusiñol. Jardines de España ‘, which can be visited from this thursday until July 9, exhibits 41 gardens painted in oil, of which 13 are the works originally included in the album with the same title.
The curator has meant that “most of these paintings have not been exposed for a century, and this spring they see the public light for the first time.” Rusiñol, who was not an exclusive painter of gardens, became a “European reference” in this area, for which he traveled to Granada to shape his gardens, which in 1896 exhibited in Paris under the title ‘Arab Gardens of Pomegranate’.
Three years later, the Catalan modernist painter inaugurated the series ‘Jardines de España’ with an exhibition of 32 works at the Art Nouveau Gallery in Paris, the most important in the french capital, the curator said. When he returned from Granada to paint gardens, he stopped in Madrid, where he also painted landscapes, and also in the town of Aranjuez, which treasured his favorite gardens, which can also be visited in the exhibition.
Rusiñol “always looked for the beauty of the garden”, and did not dedicate himself to literally copying these natural works modified by man, but he sought to capture his soul through the sieve of his emotions, he explained. In his paintings, there were no people, although you can see the “hand of man”, so there is a human component; In fact, the painter said that in his works he could talk about all the issues related to life and death.
The curator has put the ‘Flors blaves’ painting as an example by waiting for ‘symbolic elements’ in a path that starts with illuminated flowers and merges into a hedge and shade tree nature without flower. The exhibition, which has received loans from the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), Montserrat, banks and collectors, is celebrated coinciding with the seventh anniversary of the museum, and the presentation of new works of the collection permanent.
The tour includes four copies of different editions of Rusiñol’s ‘Jardins d’Espanya’ album, literary publications by the artist such as ‘Oracions’ and ‘El jardí abandonat’ and the camera Rusiñol used in his travels, and used to frame The landscapes that he painted outdoors to the natural.
It also shows correspondence between the artist and his contemporaries like Joan Alcover and Manuel de Falla; The score of the composer ‘Night in the Gardens of Spain’, accompanied by a portrait that Rusiñol made to his dear friend; Photo cards, post cards and press clippings.