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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Santiago Rusiñol
SPANISH
THE BLUE COURTYARD, ARENYS
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Santiago Rusiñol
SPANISH
THE BLUE COURTYARD, ARENYS
Estimate
200,000300,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Santiago Rusiñol
1861 - 1931
SPANISH
THE BLUE COURTYARD, ARENYS
signed S Rusiñol lower left
oil on canvas
94.5 by 115.5cm., 37¼ by 45½in.
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Provenance

Acquired by the great-uncle of the present owners by the 1970s

Exhibited

Barcelona, Sala Parés, 1915 (as Pati blau (Arenys de Munt))
Madrid, Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1915 (as Patio azul (Arenys de Munt))

Literature

F. Galofre Oller, in Las Noticias, 22 January 1915
R. Ghiloni, in La Tribuna, 23 January 1915
Ilustració Catalana, XIII, 607, 24 January 1915, p. 75, illustrated (as Pati blau (Arenys de Munt))
J. de C., in La Correspondencia de España, circa 15 May 1915
La Ilustració Artística, XXXIV, no. 1745, 7 June 1915, p. 345, illustrated (as Patio azul)
L'Esquella de la Torratxa, 22 January 1915
Josep de C. Laplana, Santiago Rusiñol, el pintor, l'home, Abadía de Montserrat, 1995, no. 21.2.3, catalogued & illustrated
Josep de C. Laplana & Mercedes Palau-Ribes, La Pintura de Santiago Rusiñol. Catáleg Sistemátic, Barcelona, 2004, p. 209, no. 21.2.3, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1914, this rediscovered work is the third in a series of four views of this distinctive 'blue courtyard' that Rusiñol completed while staying in the home of his friend and publisher Antoni López in Arenys de Munt, the hill town in northern Catalonia. Versions one and two are in the Museo d'Art Modern, Barcelona, and the Generalitat de Catalunya, respectively; version four is in a private collection.

Rusiñol is best known for his paintings of the formal gardens of Spain. Fascinated by their architectural qualities, he regarded them, and interpreted them, as a series of rooms to be explored. In his series of The Blue Courtyard (Pati blau), the relationship is reversed: a room becomes a landscape. Depicted is an outdoor kitchen, painted in vivid blue, shaded from the sun by a verdant trelissed ceiling.  

As well as a painter, Rusiñol was a founding member of the avant-garde Els Quatre Gats group in Barcelona and an avid and polemical Modernist writer calling for the regeneration of the arts in Catalonia, from painting to literature. Interestingly, and not coincidentally, the title of the present work was also the title of one of Rusiñol's theatre plays, El pati blau of 1903. The stark lines and vibrant colours of the painting are perhaps symbolic of this new cultural departure.   

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