PREVIEW: The Golden Age of Spanish Modern Art, Colnaghi

The gallery is presenting a survey of painting by Spanish artists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Joaquim Mir, Miravet, ca. 1929-30, oil on canvas, 86 x 112 cm. Courtesy of Colnaghi.

Now open to the public until the 25th September, this new display focusing on the work of Spanish artists in the late 19th and 20th centuries arrives at time that has seen a renewed interest in this period. It follows on from the exhibitions appraising Catalan Modernisme at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. 

Many of the artists who feature in The Golden Age of Spanish Modern Art including  Ramon Casas, Francesc Miralles and Joaquim Sunyer, moved from Barcelona to Paris, and the exhibition seeks not only to examine the impact of this on their work, but to also re-evaluate and acknowledge their contribution to the canon of Modern Art.

To help create this exhibition, the Colnaghi has collaborated with with two of Barcelona’s most influential and venerable galleries, Sala Parés (est. 1877) and Artur Ramon Art (est. 1911), combining more than five hundred years of collective knowledge and experience.

The display features fifteen works by twelve artists, all of whom trained at the art academies of Barcelona, but many were drawn to Paris, at the time the epicentre of the art world. The variety of styles and techniques presented here attest to their absorption within the city and the influence of their peers and contemporaries.

Talking about the exhibition, Colnaghi Gallery’s CEO, Jorge Coll said: ‘In staging this exhibition, we are seeking to reconstruct the local Spanish art scene at the turn of the 20th century. Many of these artists are relatively unknown to the rest of the world, and we hope that this exhibition will help bring them to wider public recognition and restore the prestige of arguably one of the best schools of painting in Europe.’

The Golden Age of Spanish Modern Art is on display at the Colnaghi until the 25th September. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the exhibition is only available to visit by appointment only. To arrange a visit contact: +44 20 7491 7408, or email,

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