Pere Borrell: Fleeing the Critics, I, 1874 © Colección del Banco de España, Madrid
Fleeing the critics (Realisme)
The Avant-garde French master Gustave Courbet is perhaps most famous for his painting A Burial at Ornans (1849-1850), and the scandalous The Origin of the World (1866).
Admired by many younger artists including Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne, Courbet also greatly influenced the Catalan artists of his time, especially Ramon Martí Alsina, the man responsible for the introduction of Realism to the Spanish art scene. It is on this hinge that this MNAC exhibition turns.
While centered on the French artist, the exposition aims to give its audience a crash course in Catalan Realism. In this light, the 19th-century master's works, most of which are being shown in Spain for the first time, are exhibited alongside canvases from the Spanish Golden Age (Murillo, Ribera and Velázque) and contemporary Catalan realists (Antoni Tàpies).
Please note that this exhibition has been extended to July 24th.