Sala Parés, Barcelona
Fernando Pintane (purchased from the above in 1929)
Sale: Durán, Madrid, 21 December 2004, lot 180
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
M. Alcántara Gusat, in Las Noticias, 6 November 1929, p. 2
Josep de C. Laplana, Santiago Rusiñol, el pintor, l'home, Montserrat, 1995, p. 461, no. 20.3.3, catalogued & illustrated
Galeria Antiqvaria, XVII, January 1999, p. 77, illustrated
Josep de C. Laplana & Mercedes Palau-Ribes, La pintura de Santiago Rusiñol. Catàleg sistemàtic, Barcelona, 2004, no. 20.3.3, catalogued & illustrated, and L'obra i la critica, fig. 194, p. 227, illustrated
The mountainous region of Montseny lies about one hundred kilometres north of Barcelona, and its peaks, forests and streams were an inspiration to Rusiñol. The present work, executed in 1929, is the earlier of two views of El Montseny known by the artist; a second, compositionally very similar but with a stream occupying the foreground (Laplana & Palau-Ribes no. 20.3.5; now lost) was painted a year later and shown at the Sala Parés in 1931.
The charismatic leader of Catalan Modernism, and a founder of Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona, Rusiñol travelled widely and spent extended periods in Paris. Notwithstanding his position as a leading member of the international avant-garde, however, it was in Spain, away from the clamour of the Parisian metropolis, that he was able to explore the full range of his resonant palette and where many of his most powerful and evocative works were completed.
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