20 Oct The six best works in the history of Spanish Art
Asking gallery owners and artists, we have made a list of the six best works in the history of Spanish art. An interesting selection with the most relevant in different historical periods and styles.
We wanted to make an extensive list of the best works of Spanish art in history. And to have a good criterion, we have asked some of the galleries and artists. Those are references to narrow down the possible candidates. Among all of them, the 6 selected are a good representative sample of the history of our country. With a great variety of opinions and historical periods that they have told us. These are the chosen works of art.
The Paintings of the Altamira Caves
Yes, because our history of Spanish art begins many many centuries ago. And the Espacio Minimo gallery has wanted to give it its rightful place. “It is the beginning of everything or, at least, the beginning of everything that has come to us. The birth of a universal language prior to writing that combines beauty, ritual, and symbol. If art is representation, this is one of his masterpieces.
Still Learning, by Francisco de Goya
Of all the works that the great Francisco de Goya has to his credit. The José de la Mano gallery has been clear about which one deserves to be on this list. I still learn “from 1826, held in Madrid and at the Museo Nacional del Prado right now. Francisco de Goya, a true pillar of modernity. Portrays himself at eighty years old in his exile from Bordeaux under the legend of Still learning. And the inspiring statement of intentions for the art to come
Las Meninas, by Velázquez
Surely more than one was suffering wondering if we would be able to make this list. Without including the probably most famous work by Velázquez and that transcends our borders. Well, no. And it has been again from Espacio Minimo, who has reminded us of its dimension. Because for them, “after Velázquez’s painting, the concept of painting changes. It continues to be the most enigmatic and conceptual work in the history of Spanish art, the most unique ”
Guernica, by Pablo Picasso
Undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of a painting of all time, which is why we understand that from the MPA Gallery they have not hesitated to choose it. “Painted in 1937, this work by Pablo Picasso made during the Civil War, was never shown in Spain until the establishment of democracy. He arrived in Madrid from the MoMA in New York, settling in the Casón del Buen Retiro, in 1992, permanently transferring it to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The horrors of the Civil War have been reproduced by many other artists, sensitive works that reflect the terrible suffering that wars produce in human beings
Fleeing Criticism, by Pere Borrell del Caso
It is the paradigm of trompe l’oeil, or what is the same, trick the eye or cheat. And it is that this work manages to deceive us, create an image and even a certain uneasiness, when seeing the face of the child literally trying to get out of the painting, in a hasty and even agitated way. The artist Guillermo Mora is his favorite, he says that he always accompanies him in his studio, for two reasons, “for breaking the barrier of pictorial space, and for being a flight from painting, from painting.”
The Crucifixion, by Antonio Saura
One of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, he claimed to be “aesthetically and emotionally impressed from youth” by the work of Velázquez and Goya, and believed that “such a great legacy should be taken from Franco’s culture, which placed it in a position opposed to contemporary Spanish Art ”. This work, made between 1959 and 1963, embodies the Spain of that time, where it takes the Crucifixion of Velázquez as a model and gives it a modern and critical treatment, to remove that Christian emblem and turn it into the image of the tragedy of the human condition.
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