Today Begoña and I had the opportunity to visit the exhibition Zuloaga in Belle Époque Paris, 1889-1914, at Fundación MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall (Paseo de Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid), from 28/09/2017 to 07/01/2018.
I must admit that my knowledge of Ignacio Zuloaga so far has been very limited and, maybe for that reason, I have very much enjoyed the visit. Very interesting.
This exhibition is a Fundación MAPFRE production, curated by the Fundación MAPFRE collections curator, Leyre Bozal Chamorroand Pablo Jiménez Burillo, director of the Foundation’s Culture Area. With the exceptional support of the Musée d’Orsay
The exhibition Ignacio Zuloaga in Belle Époque Paris seeks to provide an impression of the work of this painter from Eibar not often seen in Spain. Without overlooking the hackneyed conventional interpretation that links him to ‘Black Spain’, the course of the exhibition goes beyond that concept and shows how the paintings of Zuloaga (Eibar, 1870-Madrid, 1945) combine a deep sense of tradition with a completely modern outlook, particularly linked to Paris of the Belle Epoque and to the symbolist circles that the painter moved in during those years.
To be able to talk about Zuloaga’s world view we need to place his work against other artists of the day such as Paul Gauguin, Paul Sérusier, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Durrio, Santiago Rusiñol, Maurice Denis, Émile Bernard, Giovanni Boldini, Jacques Émile Blanche and the sculptor Auguste Rodin, among others. The show, with more than 90 works, has relied on more than 40 lenders, between domestic and international private collections as well as the Zuloaga family itself, and institutions such as the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’ Pesaro, Venice; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Musée National Picasso, Paris; Musée Rodin, París; Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg and The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.
You can read more at Fundación MAPFRE Website.