Twilight is one of the eighty works that Martín Malharro exhibited in the Witcomb gallery upon his return to Argentina in 1902. The show, a first in Argentinean art, was met with rejection on part of the era’s specialists. The environment was not yet prepared to assimilate the changes that were approaching. The art that was accepted then was realistic naturalism of the 1880s generation, but modern art began to be introduced in the country by way of the French movement that had influenced Malharro during his stay in Paris: Impressionism.
In this oil painting, the setting sun that can be detected to the right due to the light and the projected shadows is still intense in the treetops. It is the very end of the day, and the warm light resists leaving. Simultaneously, the blue tone of the dark night invades the abundant wood, diluting its contours. The trees begin to acquire a supernatural character in this painting, along with the other elements of nature. It is a landscape that breathes its own spirit and emotions.