‘Macchiaioli:Impressionist realism in Italy’ in Madrid
Known as the Macchiaioli (“blotch-makers”) – a name intended to be pejorative, alluding to the marked simplicity of their paintings – they were the instigators of one of the most brilliant chapters of the modernization of European painting, anticipating a significant number of the premises later proclaimed by the Impressionists. The exhibition ‘Macchiaioli – Impressionist realism in Italy’ will held in Madrid, at the Sala Recoletos (Paseo de Recoletos 23) from 12 September 2013 to 5 January 2014.
This show was co-produced by Fundación Mapfre and the Museés D’Orsay et de L’Orangerie , in Paris, where it was recently exhibited with great success. The Macchiaioli exhibition brings together around 70 paintings from some of the most prestigious public and private Italian collections; stand-out contributors include the Galleria d’Arte Moderna del Palazzo Pitti, in Florence, Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’ Arte Moderna, the Galleria d´Arte Moderna in Milan, Venice’s Fondazione Musei Civici and Galleria Internazionale d´Arte Moderna di Ca’Pesaro, the municipal museum of Giovanni Fattori, in Livorno, and the Istituto Matteucci in Viareggio, among others.
This is the first exhibition about the movement to take place in Spain, despite the importance and influence of the Macchiaioli on Spanish painting at the end of the 19th century.
In Florence, towards 1855, a group of young painters was undertaking a quest for a new kind of art. They were deeply opposed to both the academic style of painting and historic Romanticism, the contexts of their training, and were pursuing truthfulness in art, adopting outdoor painting as their preferred practice.
In their paintings, small in size, but grandiose in their conception, these young painters created an authentic and innovative vision of the Tuscan landscape, with stark contrasts of light and shadow achieved through the juxtaposition of blotches of color. Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Telemaco Signorini, Giuseppe Abbati, Giovanni Boldini and Odoardo Borrani were among the main protagonists of the movement, all of them gathered around critic and patron Diego Martelli.
The set of portraits presented in this exhibition bears witness to the friendship that united these painters, but also to their need to affirm themselves as artists in their everyday attitudes, without the falseness of the Romantic portrait, painting, from nature, their small-format panels created using patches of color. All information to reserve your visit on the Mapfre official webpage.
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