The museum will host a major exhibition on Spanish landscape painting from the late 19th and early 20th centuries focused on the collections assembled by the civil engineers José Entrecanales Ibarra (Bilbao, 1899Madrid, 1990) and Santiago Corral Pérez (Santander, 1907Madrid, 1989) between the 1940s and 1970s. Both were devoted to transforming the infrastructures of a backwards country, while also keenly interested in the renovation in painting which had taken place in Spain half a century earlier through modern genre par excellence, the landscape. Thus, they insightfully focused on the best and most innovative painters and put together exuberant collections with important works, most notably because of their number, works by Aureliano de Beruete (Madrid, 18451912) and Darío de Regoyos (Ribadesella, Asturias, 1857Barcelona, 1913), the only Spanish Impressionist painters.
This exhibition's interest lies first in the outstanding quality of the works assembled by Entrecanales and Corral, and secondly in their extraordinarily tenacious collecting for their era.
Bilbao was a key city to Regoyos, the most cosmopolitan and radical of the painters represented. It yearned to join the modern world, as did our museum, and it conserves the best existing collection of Regoyos works, making it a fitting, enthusiastic host for this show, which is also a unique chance to exhibit an extraordinarily significant series of pieces by Aureliano de Beruete for the first time.
The show will bring together 70 works from these collectionsmost of them dating from 1890 to 1920primarily landscapes by Beruete and Regoyos, complemented by others by their contemporaries Agustín Riancho, Francisco Gimeno, Santiago Rusiñol and Joaquín Sorolla.
Curator: Javier Barón Thaidigsmann, head of the 19th-Century Painting Conservation Department at the Prado Museum
In the image:
Aureliano de Beruete
Shores of the Manzanares, 1906
Oil on canvas. 57 x 80 cm
Sponsor: José Entrecanales Ibarra Foundation