Santiago Rusiñol y Prats (Spanish, 1861-1931)
Santiago Rusiñol y Prats (Spanish, 1861-1931)

Brollador del Parc Badés, Arbúcies

Santiago Rusiñol y Prats (Spanish, 1861-1931)
Brollador del Parc Badés, Arbúcies
signed 'S. Rusiñol' (lower right)
oil on canvas
41 x 48 ½ in. (104.1 x 123.2 cm.)
Painted in 1930.
Acquired by the father of the present owner, 15 March 1831 (at the Sala Parés Exhibition).
And thence by descent to the current owner.
M. Marinello, Las Noticias, 22 March 1931, p. 7.
J. de C. Laplana, Santiago Rusiñol, el pintor, l'home, 1995, p. 464, no. 20.1.15 (illustrated)
J. de C. Laplana and M. Palau-Ribes, La pintura de Santiago Rusiñol, obra completa, Vol. III, p. 203. no. 20.1.15 (illustrated).
Barcelona, Sala Parés , Exposició de Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas, Enric Clarasó, 28 February-13 March 1931, no. 11.

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Lot Essay

Born in Barcelona in 1861, Santiago Rusiñol’s family were wealthy industrialists with successful interests in textiles. Rejecting the opportunity to work within the family firm, Rusiñol developed his early talent as a painter and studied to be an artist.
Rusiñol’s poetic artistic language has its roots in the time he spent in Paris in the early 1890’s. Living in Montmartre alongside fellow Spanish artists Ramon Casas and Ignacio Zuloaga he developed a love of modernism. At this time he also started his association with the Brussels-based avant-garde group of artists known at Les XX, whose founder members included Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. The group gradually became a focus point for modernist and symbolist artists, poets and writers, including James McNeill Whistler, whose influence on the Spanish artist was particularly notable. On his return to Spain, Rusiñol developed his unique style which he translated into poetic paintings of landscapes and gardens, rendered in heightened, vibrant tones.
Rusiñol painted this park and the village of Arbúcies, near Barcelona numerous times between 1927 and 1930, as can been seen in Caminal d’hortènsies, The present lot is visually mysterious and evocative, with a stillness and tranquillity leading us along the sunlit dappled paths. The rich vegetation of dense greens and curious shaped tree trunks fill the whole canvas capture the magical garden. Rusiñol used colours that were extraordinarily resonant and abstract. This garden paradise exults in the beauty and mystery of nature.

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