Monday, January 25, 2010

El Greco to Dali - the great Spanish masters | Paris Blog

El Greco to Salvador Dalí: a Panorama of Spanish Art

Posted by paris | paris | Monday 25 January 2010 12:47 pm

What do you know of the history of Spanish art? If you want a complete panorama we encourage you to visit the exhibition “El Greco to Dali - the great Spanish masters”. The Pérez Simón Collection will grace the Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris from March 12th until early August 2010 and will provide 50 works of art from more than 25 Spanish masters, discovering or admiring the exceptional evolution from religious art to surrealist painting.

La Condesa de Chinchon

It is the first time that such a rich exhibition of Spanish paintings has been shown in France. It is an exhibition featuring twelve paintings never before exhibited to the public and others that are shown infrequently. Promoters say the jewel of the event will be a painting by Francisco de Goya- a portrait of Maria Theresa of Vallabriga and Rozas (1783). They also highlighted a selection of little known or studied works of the Spanish genius Salvador Dalí - ballet projects - and several drawings of Pablo Picasso’s blue period.

And there’s more! Thanks to Juan Antonio Pérez Simón (Asturias, 1941) who lives in Mexico and owns the largest collection of European art in Latin America, visitors can contemplate works of El Greco, Jose Ribera, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Goya, Sanchez Coello, Joaquin Sorolla Juan Gris, Picasso, Miró, Dalí and Antonio Tàpies. From the dark sacred art of the eighteenth century, through the official portraits, scenes of daily life in the nineteenth century, the naval scenes of Sorolla and the representation of women in the early XX, the exhibition ends with the drawings and paintings of the masters of Spanish Cubism and Surrealism. It is a unique opportunity to take note of the best eras in Spanish art, to travel through the history of artistic movements and appreciate the breaks between each master. The evolution of Spanish art will leave you speechless!

If you plan to go and visit this exceptional exhibition, please note that an audio guide can help you to better understand the twenty works of art – you can even download the commentary from the Internet. And if you want to explore further the richness and beauty of Spanish art, a catalogue of some 200 pages is on sale on your way out of the Musee Jacquemart-Andre.

Take advantage of a stay in Paris to discover this museum located next to the Champs-Elysees, a luxury hotel built during the nineteenth century. Come and discover its impressive permanent collection - French, Dutch and Italian Renaissance painting, objects and furniture - their reception rooms, its monumental staircase, winter garden and private apartments. You will enjoy an amazing scenery along with the most unprecedented exhibition of Spanish art. There’s no excuse not to come. Rent Paris apartments and make your trip a memorable and unique one.

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