From 12 March to 1st August 2010

From El Greco to Dalí. The Great Spanish Masters of the Pérez Simón collection

Fifty masterpieces and more than twenty-five great masters, brought together through the sure and discerning taste of a great collector, present a remarkable overview of creative art in Spain over the last four hundred years.

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A tribute to Spanish art at the Musée Jacquemart-André

For the first time ever, the Musée Jacquemart-André presents a group of paintings never before exhibited in France. The exhibition brings together works from different periods and various artistic movements, offering a fascinating aesthetic and artistic journey.  Displaying these works side by side reveals the continuities and breaks with tradition that have marked the evolution of Spanish art.


Thematics

- The Golden Age of sacred painting with the works of El Greco, José de Ribera and Bartolomé Esteban MurilloAn
- Hispanic art of portraiture and court life : from Sanchez Coello to Goya, the artists seamlessly blended the portrayal of power with that of reality.
- A national identity : in large scenes from everyday life, this movement set out on canvas all the beauty of traditional costumes and scenes of rejoicing towns.
- Intimate subjects, beach games, playing in gardens and family life : Joaquin Sorolla is the undisputed master of scenes portraying simple pleasures.  Vivid, strong, brilliant colours light his canvases.
- The modernity : the exhibition finishes with those great Spanish masters who revolutionised Western art. Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí established dialogues between Cubism and Surrealism.  A rich selection of graphic and pictorial works by these artists offers a striking insight into this evolution up to and including Tapies.
           

Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, a discerning collector

A successful Mexican businessman of Spanish origin, born in Asturias in 1941, Juan Antonio Pérez Simón is a well-known figure in the collecting world.  Since the 1970s, his passion for art and taste for culture has led him to acquire a magnificent collection: paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, decorative objets d’art and manuscripts together with a library of more than fifty thousand books.
This world famous collection is one of the most important in South America, both for its comprehensive character and the fame of the artists represented. Juan Antonio Pérez Simón talks about his artistic choices as an extension of his personality: “I have built up a personal world that reflects what defines me and excites me. Anyone who, like me, does not have that wonderful gift of creating beauty through art, can console themselves by admiring works of art and enjoying the process of falling in love with them.”  A lover of the major European schools, the pictures presented at the Musée Jacquemart-André represent the Hispanic part of his collection, least familiar to the general public.