Landscapes of Madrid
A Look at the City
From 09 November 2017 to 25 February 2018
Location: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
Sun and Fest, 10:30–14h
Eighteen landscapes of Madrid in addition to “interiors”, all of which are on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Rafael Botí, Delhy Tejero, Agustín Redondela, Agustín Hernández, Fermín Santos, Andrés Conejo, Eduardo Vicente, José Sancha and Amalia Avia
In the late 19th century, Madrid would experience a number of rapid transformations, moving away from that “very noble and very loyal” city and court to become a modern, dynamic and vibrant metropolis in a state of constant demographic growth. The painters of the era have left us their innovative vision of these profound changes. The landscape ceased to be conceived as a mere background or topographic curiosity, becoming a defined artistic genre. This process began with the Romanticism and sensibility of Jenaro Pérez Villaamil, who included architectural motifs and popular figures as essential elements of landscape, infusing it with a costumbrista and picturesque tone. It was Carlos Haes, however, who defined and promulgated a clear doctrine that renewed the genre of landscape, espousing, with an impressionist vocation, direct study of the natural in order to faithfully capture reality.