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Past exhibition

Bilbao and Painting

01.29.2021 - 08.29.2021

This exhibition is the visual history of a town, nineteenth-century Bilbao, which, in spite of being invaded by the French, besieged by the Carlists, and struck by various cholera epidemics—the first in 1834, the fourth and last in 1893—, consolidates economically as a great city, in which a significant number of great artists, who had previously passed through Paris, will thrive. Through twenty-seven pictorial scenes, like time-songs or greatest hits, we delve into the history of our city. These paintings sharpen that dual faculty of memory and knowledge that great painting makes possible.

Curator: Kosme de Barañano

The Exhibition


Valentín de Zubiaurre
Bersolaris, c. 1916-1917
Oil on canvas
195.5 x 246 cm
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

La siega

Adolfo Guiard
Harvest (La siega), ca. 1892
Oil on canvas
220.7 x 158.5 cm
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Don Terencio y Chango, el Txistulari

Manuel Losada
Don Terencio and Chango, The Txistulari (Don Terencio y Chango, el Txistulari), 1894
Oil on canvas
195 x 220 cm
Collection: Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao © Manuel Losada

El guitarrista

Not on view

Paul Gauguin
The Guitar Player (Le Joueur de guitare), ca. 1900
Oil on canvas
90 x 72 cm
Private collection