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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Joaquim Mir
SPANISH
PAISAJE ENMARCADO POR GRANDES ÁRBOLES (VERDANT LANDSCAPE)
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Joaquim Mir
SPANISH
PAISAJE ENMARCADO POR GRANDES ÁRBOLES (VERDANT LANDSCAPE)
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Joaquim Mir
1873-1940
SPANISH
PAISAJE ENMARCADO POR GRANDES ÁRBOLES (VERDANT LANDSCAPE)

Provenance

Avelino Trinxet i Casas, Barcelona (commissioned from the artist, his nephew)
Ana María Trinxet de Martínez Comín (by descent from the above)
Private collection, Barcelona
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 16 November 2004, lot 126
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Barcelona, Museo de Arte Moderno, Exposición Joaquín Mir (1873-1940), 1972, no. 24, illustrated in the catalogue
Madrid & Barcelona, Banco Bilbao-Vizcaya, Joaquim Mir. Cincuenta años después, 1990, no. 59, illustrated in the catalogue
Palma de Mallorca, Fundació La Caixa, Joaquim Mir. Itinerari Vital, 1997-98, no. 59, illustrated in the catalogue
Girona, Fundació Caixa Girona; Segovia, Caja Segovia; Sabadell, Fundación Caixa Sabadell, Joaquim Mir. Mallorca y otros paisajes, 2004, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Enric Jardí, Joaquim Mir, Barcelona, 1989, p. 76, no. 62, the present work illustrated together with another part of the decorative scheme
Francésc Miralles, Joaquín Mir al Camp de Tarragona, Barcelona, 1998, p. 31, illustrated
Centro cultural La Caixa Gerona, Mir a Mallorca i altres paisatges, 2004
Galería Antiquaria, January 2005, no. 234. p. 99
Arte, February 2005, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1909-14.

This luminous, immersive painting was conceived as part of a panel in Mir's decorative cycle for the Casa Trinxet, a masterpiece of Barcelona Modernism (fig. 1). Responding to the house's spectacular interior, Mir produced some of the most successful works of his career, dazzling in their bold palette and almost abstracted forms. 

Completed in 1904, the Trinxet house was commissioned by Mir's uncle Avelino, scion of the Trinxet textile family. Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867-1956) was the architect chosen, a contemporary of Gaudí and notably the designer of the the Casa Martí, home of the Els Quatre Gats group which acted as a meeting place for Barcelona's modernist artists from Picasso to Casas, and also the Casa Amatller. The painting was saved from the much-lamented destruction of the Trinxet house when the site was redeveloped in the late 1960s, despite vehement opposition. 

While the effect of Mir's scheme as a whole can now only be grasped from contemporary photographs (fig. 2), the present work nevertheless gives an excellent sense of Mir's vision. Depicting an exuberant garden with abundant vegetation, flowers, and mountains beyond, the work demonstrates the quality of Mir's work which the critic Joaquim Folch i Torres identified as 'the supreme glorification of colour for colour's sake'.

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