Monday 3 November 2008

Modesto Texidor Torres: Exhibition BBVA Madrid to 07/Dec/2008

There is currently running an exhibition in Madrid (it runs until the 7th Dec 2008).

Details and a Press Release from BBVA Group:

The exhibition includes 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the 12th to the 20th centuries and continues the series of major national and international collections shown at the Sala BBVA exhibition space.

Some of the featured artists include: Caravaggio, Monet, Sisley, Degas, Rusiñol, Casas, Nonell, Picasso and Dalí.

The exhibition also includes Modesto Texidor Torres - with a version of his Pla de Palau de Barcelona (Palace Plaza in Barcelona). I am very grateful to Victoria Duran for a mention of this blog in the Exhibition's catalogue in the entry for Modesto Texidor Torres.

I was wondering, regarding this (Montserrat) version of the Pla de Palau... if one could also say that the central piece, apart from the two women, is the gas lamp... and this epitomises (if in fact this painting is a memorial) one achievement of Modesto's father, José Texidor Busquets, of his earlier career as a lighting engineer and who in many ways contributed to the introduction of gas street lighting in Barcelona. Perhaps also in this way Modesto dedicates this painting to the memory of his father along with the representation of his mother and sister.

(There are other sisters, Rosa, Elvira (and Ramona?) - but I do not know their birth years yet - I know no more whether it is Pepita or one of the other sisters...)

Unfortunately I, personally, may not be able to make the journey to Madrid before the last day in December... Maybe I will catch the painting at a future exhibition...

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