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Joaquim Mir
SPANISH
RUINAS DEL CASTILLO DE SAN TUERI, FELANITX (THE RUINS OF THE CASTLE OF SAN TUERI IN FELANITX)
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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Joaquim Mir
SPANISH
RUINAS DEL CASTILLO DE SAN TUERI, FELANITX (THE RUINS OF THE CASTLE OF SAN TUERI IN FELANITX)
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Joaquim Mir
1873-1940
SPANISH
RUINAS DEL CASTILLO DE SAN TUERI, FELANITX (THE RUINS OF THE CASTLE OF SAN TUERI IN FELANITX)

Provenance

Sala Parés, Barcelona
Galería Barbié, Barcelona
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1998

Exhibited

Palma de Mallorca, Fundació La Caixa, Joaquím Mir, itinerari vital, 1997-98, no. 42, illustrated

Literature

Arturo Ramón, Obras Singulares, Barcelona, 1990, no. 7, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1901, the present view is situated in the south-west of Mallorca. The prominent castle of San Tueri dates from Roman times, and to this day commands remarkable views across the surrounding countryside. 

Mir first settled in Mallorca in 1900, and the following four years that he lived on the island proved to be decisive for him. Obsessed with the beauty of the dramatic vistas and distinctive limestone rock formations that characterise the island's varied landscape and stunning coast line, the canvases from this period such as the present work reflect an expressive abandon that abstracts the terrain, and captures the untrammelled beauty of the countryside through an explosive range of brilliant colour harmonies. Early on Mir was joined in Mallorca by fellow Catalan Santiago Rusiñol and Belgian painter William Degouve de Nuncques, both of whom shared Mir's passion for the island's unique qualities, the sense of the primitive that it embraced, and in particular its remarkable light.  

Mir’s first major exhibition at the Sala Parés in Barcelona in 1901 included many of his Mallorcan canvases and caused a sensation among the public. Even the most critical reviewers proclaimed that the most important Catalan painter of landscape had been born. Buoyed up by the success of his 1901 show, Mir became further determined in his efforts to express the special qualities of the island, to the extent that by the end of 1903 he was living in the mountains in virtual isolation. There, in pursuit of ever more dramatic landscapes to paint he climbed to precipitous heights, on one occasion suffering a fall that left him unconscious for several hours. Indeed, so intense became his labours in Mallorca that by 1904 he began to suffer psychologically, and was interned for a period at an asylum in Reus.

19th Century European Paintings

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