Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Children at the beach, Valencia, 1916, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, private collection. © Photo Gonzalo de la Serna Arenillas/Charlie Peel, Archives BPS, Madrid

27 January to 29 May, 2011 – Foundation de L’Hermitage

In 1898, a storm breaks out in Spain, as the Philippines and Cuba secede and the country loses its Empire. A generation of artists and writers, baptized the «generation of 98», turned these events into the feeding ground for modernity that paved the road to the following generation, the one of 1929, with Dalí and García Lorca among others. Picasso’s genius is already brewing but the great artist of the moment is Sorolla, who reigned from his majestic home-workshop in Madrid (transformed into a charming museum), where he produced paintings that evoke the sea side in a luminous Impressionism. There was also a strong battalion of caustic Catalans, among them Mir, Rusiñol and Casas, who would be the pillars of the famous Els Quatre Gats cabaret in Barcelona. Angla da, Regollos and Zuloaga complete a group that is hardly known out of the peninsula. The Hermitage foundation studies the artistic panorama in Madrid and the provinces around this decisive moment that closed the XIXth century. Focusing on painters of “The Generation of 1898” who emerged from the severe upheavals endured by Spain throughout the 19th century, the exhibition highlights how these artists evolved. Oscillating between respect for Hispanic traditions and modernity, their works were part of the contemporary surge to broaden horizons that arose among the Spanish avant-garde. Although it is extraordinarily rich and varied, Spanish art at the dawning of the 20th century is still relatively little known outside Spain. And yet the years between Goya’s death and Picasso’s Cubist period span several fascinating decades which bore the first fruits of Spanish modern art.
With this exhibition, the Fondation de l’Hermitage is offering its visitors the opportunity of discovering some of Spain’s hidden treasures, many of which will be seen in Switzerland for the first time.
With some one hundred paintings, the event will be bringing together the most significant artists of the time (Anglada, Beruete, Casas, Mir, Picasso, Pinazo, Regoyos, Rusiñol, Sorolla, Zuloaga).
The vast majority of works are from public Spanish museums (the Prado, the Sorolla Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Valencia Fine Arts Museum), as well as from private Spanish collections. Some major paintings from the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Rodin will complete this rigorous selection of exceptional works.

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