Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid holds a fantastic exhibition dedicated to the work of Dario de Regoyos.
Abril 22, 2014

End of the XIXth c., loss of colonies, political, economical and social instability, Governments deposed, regencies, sterile reform tries and a long list of misfortunes. It could be enough to make Darío Regoyos, encouraged by friends who know the possibilities of the outside, decided to spend most part of its life in Brussels and Paris, even though he always made numerous trips to Spain.

Its biography links him with the big precursors of the Avant-garde Art of the period. James Ensor, Les XX Group, Pisarro, Seurat, Signac, described with its painting the national period while they were looking for new esthetic and representative forms. New currents were opened in European Art market, but not in Spain. The influential academicism in esthetic and subjects made difficult that many artists that enjoyed the European experience could develop the novelties.


"The Black Spain", book of 1899 written by the Belgian poet Émile Verhaeren and illustrated by Daría Regoyos, result of a trip for different regions of Castile, portrayed the social reality divided between the tradition and the modernity. Beyond the negative connotations of the term (there would be some years after a concept of "White Spain" ascribed to Sorolla by the essayist Aureliano de Beruete), it was a regenerative try of Spanish cultural ambiance. Zuloaga would receive the baton, who goes deeper in a almost shady painting of the genuine types of the period, or José Gutiérrez Solana, painter and writer, that went all over the big cities as an excuse to describe the lack of modernization and the antiquated religious practices, among other highlighted artists of multiple spheres.

The Regoyos work's content will go getting strength about painting technique. His Belgian beginnings are marked by the interest in light effects and the forms. The city and the technological advances that he know in Brussels are the counterpoint to develop a more symbolic: the "Black Spain", of post-impressionist and great colouring brush-strokes, goes into the deepest part of traditions. The develop of graphic works reaffirms the social subject, although, by the other hand, he has always been interested in scenery painting, maybe due to his initial formation with Carlos de Haes or due to freedom offered by painting "au plein air".

Many people born in Spain in the end of XIXth century helped to propel modern art as we know it today. Particularly Regoyos wasn't a palette's virtuous, he was quite simple and reiterative. But he follows one of the iberic artist rules: the worry to do better his native land. He lived a long period in Biscay and then he moved to Barcelona, where he died a little later. Multiple exhibitions were made remembering his death centenary (1913) that highlight the importance of an artist that rubbed shoulders with best artists of the time.


In Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum till 1st June you can enjoy this exhibition curated by Juan San Nicolás, expert on the painter, that goes widely across his artistic career.






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