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Annotated works

BARRUETA, Benito

(Bermeo, Bizkaia, 1873-1953)

Studio Interior

Oil on canvas

58 x 78,8 cm

c. 1903

Basque Artists (19th Century - Mid-20th Century)

N.° inv. 82/71

Purchased by public subscription in 1918


BARRUETA, Benito on Online collection

The painting Studio Interior was acquired for the museum through a public subscription on the occasion of Barrueta's one-man exhibition held in 1917 in Bilbao. It depicts the interior of the humble room used by the painter as a studio. Over and above the meticulous and referential description of the objects featured in the composition by means of short brushstrokes, mention should be made of the bright light that enters through the window and is propagated throughout the room. Barrueta achieves an atmospheric harmony through the use of fine colour gradations. He was especially drawn to the ranges of ochres and greys, perhaps as a consequence of Velázquez's command of light and atmosphere that Barrueta learnt as from his very first visit to the Prado Museum in 1893.

Following his periods as an art student in Madrid and Paris, Barrueta settled in his hometown, where his immediate surroundings became the usual subject matter of his works. He also showed an interest in traditional pictorial themes such as portraits, still lifes and landscapes, always from a profound and sober approach to artistic creation.  [S.A.]

Selected bibliography:

Santiago Arcediano. Guía de Artistas Vascos. Bilbao : Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao = Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa, 2008 (1ª ed. 2008; ed. inglés), pp. 62- 63, n.º 28, ad vocem.

Annotated works