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    Sale 7438

    19th Century European Art

    23 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    Joaquín Mir i Trinxet (Spanish, 1873-1940)

    Nightfall in Spain

    Price Realised  

    Joaquín Mir i Trinxet (Spanish, 1873-1940)
    Nightfall in Spain
    signed 'J. Mir' (lower left) and 'mir' (lower right), and later inscribed 'J. Mir Trinxet' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    29 7/8 x 39¾ in. (75.7 x 101 cm.)

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    This work is sold with a certificate of authenticity signed by Francesc Miralles, Barcelona, Spain, dated 1st October 2007.

    Joaquin Mir i Trinxet was a member of 'la Colla del Safra' (the Colan of Saffron), a group of young Catalan artists who painted the fields and villages of the countryside ourside Barcelona. The group were recognised for their innovative experimentation and modern techniques particularly seen in their use of colour. The new availability of tubes of paint allowed the artist to paint freely in the open air with no need for the preparation and mixing of colours that had previously been necessary in the more restricted enviroment of the studio; this led to a freedom of style and brushstroke typical of the Post-Impressionists.

    In this present painting we see Mir's love of light: he uses bright yellow and purple pigments to capture the landscape at the end of the day, the moment when the heat of the day cools and details become less clear. The landscpae is a feast of colours with few defined shapes, more an impression than a clear image.

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