On October 10, 2019, the Museum of Russian Impressionism in collaboration with the Spanish Fund Aurea Cultura I Art, together with the Embassy of Spain, will open the exhibit “Impressionism and Spanish Art”. The exhibit is comprised of 57 picturesque paintings, sculptures, and graphics from fourteen museums in Spain, as well as private collections, and supplemented by two paintings from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
For the first time of this scale in Russia will there be an exhibit of Spanish art from the 19th-20th centuries. The exhibit will show works by 18 Spanish artists who worked side by side with French impressionists, and took part in the first exhibits showing the new trends of European art in the 1880s. The exhibit will present works by Joaquín Sorolla, Ramon Casas, Darío de Regoyos, Marian Pidelaserra, Ignasi Mallol, Santiago Rusiñol, Ricard Canals, Ignacio Zuloaga, Joaquim Mir, and Pere Ysern.
Impressionism is undoubtedly the most popular and beloved style period of the second half of the 19th century. Born on French soil, Impressionism influenced art all around the world. But, perhaps the greatest influence it had was on Spanish artists. They preferred a bright, colorful palette, so that they could share with everyone the beauty of southern nature - the beautiful shade of sweeping trees, the white speckled reflection of the sun, and flowing waters. Spanish Impressionism is influenced by classical styles. One feels the link to traditional art reminiscent of 17th century Velasquez or 18th century Goya.
14 Spanish museums participated in this project, including the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Museum of Montserrat, Joaquim Sorol House-Museum, and Visual Arts Museum of Bilbao, among others.
The curator of the project is Francesc Fontbona (Spain). He is a Catalan art historian, writer, exhibit curator, and specialist of Catalan Modernism. He was previously the Director of the Graphics Department in the library of Catalonia (1995-2013) and General Director of the artist section of the big Catalan encyclopedia (1968-1978). He is also a member of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Saint George and Spanish Society of America.
The coordinator of the project is Maria Moroz (Russia). She is specialist of the Exhibition Department of the Museum of Russian Impressionism.
The exhibit is made possible by the support of the Embassy of Spain.