Exhibition Past

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Colnaghi presented an exhibition of beautiful paintings by Spanish Modernists who worked in Paris during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries this autumn. Barcelona – Paris, 1860-1936: A Journey to Modernity opened from 6th October – 18th November at Colnaghi London, with highlights on view at Colnaghi Brussels from 22nd - 25th September. This exhibition reflected the continued interest in this period, and built upon two previous showcases of work by Spanish Modernists at the gallery in 2020 and 2021. We were pleased to collaborate once again with two of Barcelona’s most historic galleries, Sala Parés (est. 1877) and Artur Ramon Art (est. 1911), combining more than five hundred years of collective expertise between us.

Comprising over 50 works by 29 artists who travelled from Barcelona to Paris, to live, work and draw inspiration from the avant-garde city of lights, the exhibition explores the impact of this crucial journey on their work, whilst re-evaluating their contribution to the canon of Modern Art. Most of the featured artists trained at the art academies of Barcelona, but, as with Picasso, were drawn to Paris, at the time the epicentre of the art-world. The variety of styles and techniques presented here attest to their absorption within the city and the reciprocal influence of their peers and contemporaries.

Said Colnaghi CEO, Jorge Coll: “In staging this third exhibition in collaboration with Sala Parés and Artur Ramon, we are seeking to reconstruct the local Spanish art scene at the turn of the 20th century in Paris. Many of these artists are relatively unknown to the rest of the world, and we hope that this exhibition will help bring them to wider public recognition and restore the prestige of arguably one of the best schools of painting in Europe.”

Featured artists: Mariano Andreu (1888-1976), Francisco Bores (1898-1972), Ricard Canals (1876-1931), Hermen Anglada-Camarasa (1871 – 1959), Antoni Clavé (1913-2005), Ramon Casas (1866-1932), Pere Pruna (1904-1977), Ricard Opisso (1880-1966), Josep de Togores (1893-1970), Josep Clarà (1878-1958), Enric Clarasó (1857-1951), Joaquim Sunyer (1874-1956), Emilio Sala y Francés (1850 – 1910), Carlos Vázquez Úbeda (1869 – 1944), Olga Sacharoff (1889 – 1967), Isidre Nonell (1872 – 1911), Pau Roig Cisa (1879 – 1955), Julio González (1876 – 1942), Manuel Humbert (1890 – 1975), Pere Ysern Alié (1875 – 1946), Josep Maria Marquès Puig (1891 – 1950), Joan Cardona (1877 – 1957), Manuel Feliu de Lemus (1865 – 1922), Pablo Gargallo (1881 – 1934), Santiago Rusiñol (1861 – 1931), Manolo Hugué (1872 – 1945), Ramon Pichot (1871 – 1925), Francesc Miralles (1848 – 1901)