Turismo Madrid

Boldini y la pintura española a finales del siglo XIX. El espíritu de una época

From 19 September to 12 January 2020, the Fundación MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall will host the free exhibition 'Boldini and Late 19th Century Spanish Painting. The spirit of an Age'. For the first time in Spain, the work of this painter is on display, along with pieces by some of the Spanish masters who lived with Giovanni Boldini in Paris. Don't miss it!

For the first time in Spain, the MAPFRE Foundation is producing this exhibition which, curated by Francesca Dini and Leyre Bozal Chamorro, allows us to get to know the work of Giovanni Boldini (Ferrara, 1842 - Paris, 1931), one of the most influential portrait artists in the international sphere in the transition from the 19th to the 20th century.

'Boldini and Late 19th Century Spanish Painting. The spirit of an Age' brings together Spanish painters of the time who share the Italian qualities, proposing a dialogue between them, which reveals coincidences and rich contrasts. Thus, works by Mariano Fortuny, Raimundo de Madrazo, Joaquín Sorolla or Ignacio Zuloaga, among others, will be on display. 

Settled in Paris since 1871, his career is based on the intuition of the moment, the capture of movement and a freshness that defies the imposed poses of the past, all achieved through rapid brushstrokes and unusual actions without ever losing sight of the attention to the figure and the expression of the portrait.

The exhibition covers the career of this artist through nearly 100 works, divided into clearly differentiated periods: the spirit of an era, Boldini and the influence of Mariano Fortuny and Marsal, the Spanish painters living in Paris and the portrait of the Belle Époque.

More info: Boldini and Late 19th Century Spanish Painting. The spirit of an Age 

Image credits: Press MAPFRE Foundation. Raimundo de Madrazo. Aline de perfil, s. f. Óleo sobre tabla, 26,5 × 17,5 cm. Cortesía de Galería Jorge Juan