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Santiago Rusiñol
SPANISH
PEDRES VELLES, RAIXA (IV) (THE OLD STAIRS, RAIXA)
Estimation
70 00090 000
Lot. Vendu 137,000 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Santiago Rusiñol
SPANISH
PEDRES VELLES, RAIXA (IV) (THE OLD STAIRS, RAIXA)
Estimation
70 00090 000
Lot. Vendu 137,000 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Santiago Rusiñol
1861 - 1931
SPANISH
PEDRES VELLES, RAIXA (IV) (THE OLD STAIRS, RAIXA)
signed S. Rusiñol lower right
oil on canvas
110.5 by 100cm., 43½ by 39¼in.
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Provenance

Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner in the 1940s; thence by descent

Exposition

Madrid, Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1908, no. 728 (titled Jardín de Raixa)
Barcelona, Sala Parés, 1909 (titled Escala de Raixa)
Paris, Salon de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1909, no. 1030 (titled L'escalier du jardin)
Rome, Spanish Pavilion, Exposició Internacional, 1911, no. 140 (titled Scala signorile)

Bibliographie

Rafael Balsa de la Vega, La Ilustración Española y Americana, Madrid, XVII, 1908, p. 274
Manuel Rodríguez Codolà, La Vanguardia, Barcelona, 1909, p. 5
S. Teixidor, El Noticiero Universal, Barcelona, 1909, p. 3
M. Vega I March, Diario de Barcelona, Barcelona, 1909, p. 557
El Eco de Sitges, 17.01.1909, p. 2
Ilustració Catalana, VII, 1909, p. 85
La Ilustración Artística, Barcelona, XXVIII, no. 1415, 1909, p. 113, illustrated (titled Mallorca, Jardines de Raxa)
La Ilustración Española y Americana, Madrid, 30 April 1913, illustrated (titled Jardín Señorial)
Jardins d'Espanya, 1914, illustrated (titled Pedres velles)
La Esfera, I, 42, 17 September 1914, illustrated (titled Jardín Señorial)
Jardins d'Espanya, 1925, illustrated (titled Piedras antiguas, Mallorca)
Josep de Calassanç Laplana, Santiago Rusiñol: el pintor, l`home, 1995, p. 380, no. 15.2.3 (titled Escala de Raixa)
Josep de Calassanç Laplana, Mercedes Palau-Ribes O'Callaghan, La Pintura de Santiago Rusiñol, vol. III, Barcelona, 2004, p. 131, no. 15.2.6, catalogued & illustrated (titled Pedres velles, Raixa, IV)




Description

Santiago Rusiñol's burgeoning success as a painter enabled him to concentrate almost completely on the subject closest to his heart, Spain's gardens and landscapes. When Rusiñol travelled to Mallorca, he sojourned in the locality of Bunyola whose opulent gardens became the inspiration for works such as this.

The present work depicts the upper half of the flight of stairs dedicated to Apollo in the Raixa Gardens, north of Palma de Mallarco. Originally laid out by the Moors, the Raixa Gardens were redesigned by Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Cotoner during the eighteenth century. Begun in 1902 and completed in 1907, Pedres velles is one of four pictures Rusiñol painted of the steps.

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 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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