At the fin de siècle, Bilbao was among the most thriving cities in Spain, thanks to its powerful shipbuilding and iron and steel industries, alongside booming activity in trade, banking, and culture. The exhibition features a selection of paintings created by artists active in Bilbao in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and offers an overview of how Basque artists incorporated in their work the modern ideas of French Impressionism and, later on, of the avant-garde movements. These large-size panoramic views show the city at different times in history: the commercial vessels sailing up and down the estuary and the leisure of people in the terraces; life in bourgeois society and among peasants; boat crews and oarsmen; Christening ceremonies and the harvest season in the village; death in war and at sea; sports heroes and the daily tasks at the fishing port.

An exhibition organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Curated by Kosme de Barañano

José María Ucelay
Souletin Dance (Danzas suletinas), 1956
Oil on canvas
152.4 x 270.3 cm
BBVA Collection