Oct 27, 2016

Unique Works of Art of the Huelva Museum

Museo de Huelva

Discover our collection of Fine Arts.

The Institution
The museum was initially set up by a small group of intellectuals from Huelva under the title of Provincial Museum of Fine Arts. It was located on calle Ricos, (formerly calle Castelar), and was incorporated by the State in 1922. It held a small collection of objects at its foundation, almost all of which came from private collections, except for a small number of works from the 19th and 20th centuries, donated by the Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. With the Spanish Civil War, a large number of these works were returned to their owners, and those belonging to the State were stored in La Rábida Institute of Secondary Education, until the setting up of the current museum. The 1940s involved a new attempt at providing Huelva with a museum, this time an archaeological one, an inevitable consequence of the prolific activity of the engineer Mr. Carlos Cerdán Márquez, who was appointed as organizer for archaeological activities in the province to this end. It was housed in a small building donated by the Port of Huelva, until 1973 when the new building was inaugurated, and Mr. Mariano del Amo, a representative of the Cuerpo Superior de Archiveros, Bibliotecarios y Arqueólogos (Higher Body for Archivists, Librarians and Archaeologists), was appointed by the State as the first director of the new Provincial Museum in Huelva.
Masterpieces from the Pictorial Collection of the Museum of Huelva
The collection of Fine Arts in Museum of Huelva is the only exhibit in the province that shows the evolution of artistic creation from the Middle Ages to the present, highlighting the local pictorial school, Daniel Vázquez Díaz and his disciple José Caballero.

This is a great composition worthy of admiration, outstanding for its artistic skill, its architectural design, and a sober palette of grays and blacks. The set is inspired by the famous painting 'The Burial of Count Orgaz' (1586-88), by El Greco.

Each of the characters is captured as if it were an individual portrait.

The architectural space reveals a landscape in the background, some white houses that create an opening, an escape to the outside which prevents the space from becoming cramped and closed.

Wijnants is one of the founders of the great Dutch school of landscape. His interest is in realistic interpretations based on the everyday nature of the environment. In bright light, the solitude of a wooded area, the dunes, or a dead tree can reach a high-degree of perfection thanks to their observational details and a precious finish (which can be observed in the detailed depiction of the vegetation).

This work of art, attributed to Mariano Salvador Maella, represents one of the most popular and repeated themes of Spanish painting, the Immaculate Conception. The Virgin Mary, surrounded by angels, appears wrapped in a cloak moved by the celestial wind on the crescent of the moon, stepping on the serpent, with hands clasped and head crowned with stars and raised towards the Holy Spirit above her.

This work is notable for its artistic style as well as its brightness, which is present throughout the landscape in the painting.

It is part of a set of twenty six works of art that served to decorate the main cloister of the Monastery of San Jerónimo of Buenavista of Sevilla.

José Arpa mainly created paintings portraying historical events, including this one, where thanks to his expertise in drawing and color, he achieves a great anatomical study.

In this work we appreciate the colors, ocher and green, almost ubiquitous in the pictorial productions of Alfredo Souto; and almost Impressionist brushwork, agile and loose, which leads us to believe that his strong suit was watercolor.

This is the only piece owned by the Museum of Huelva created by the founder of the School of Painting which trained many artists in the art of landscape painting, with a clear Mediterranean influence.

This work by Gonzalo de Bilbao falls within the theme of social depiction. It presents, denouncing hurtful inequalities, the everyday scene in a pawnshop, with characters absorbed in their misery, and in a space that is even more distressing for its nakedness.

The character portrayed was the son of a French businessman who settled in Bollullos during the restoration of the Spanish monarchy to carry out wine-related business. An oil on canvas, dating from the early twentieth century. During restoration work, an old work of art, which shows in the present painting, was detected under the surface coat of paint. It reveals the upside-down image of a woman with a shawl.

Rafael Cortés Moreno painted this charming work, 'Marujita', located in one of the hillocks of Huelva, with the view of the coastal inlet in the background.

The work depicts a young melancholic man, supporting his right arm on a red cushion, while holding his head with a closed fist, staring, lost in his thoughts. In the background, a fabric of oriental inspiration, closes the landscape. The painter, José Dabrio, was a student of José Fernández Alvarado and apprentice and admirer of Daniel Vázquez Díaz. He signed it in 1921, whilst in training in the Painting Academy of Huelva.

The beauty and serenity of this work are enhanced considering that it was painted in Madrid in the midst of the Civil War.

This work belongs to Daniel Vázquez Díaz, considered to be one of the pioneers of avant-garde in twentieth century Spain.

The theme of the portrait has always been a force in his career making up a large part of his productions; in fact one third of his work is made up of portraits.

This other portrait by Vázquez Díaz is a work of great dimensions with a composition reminiscent of the royal equestrian portraits of Spanish and European Baroque painting.

It is an exaltation of the hero, the conqueror, which links directly with what the artist was aiming to embody, with great splendor and expertise in the frescoes of La Rábida: the Hispanidad theme.

Manuel Moreno Díaz is one of the main representatives of Cubism in the Huelva School of painting. This 'Nude' of 1948 shows a personal aesthetic that is not categorized in any particular artistic style, resulting in a personal exercise of his mastery.

To critical acclaim, the artist from Huelva uses a great simplicity of form that is yet filled with a profound melancholy.

Pepe Caballero was a painter, draftsman, printmaker, and illustrator, with constantly evolving projects. One example of his work is this piece from the late 50s to early 60s, where his trademark playful use of perspective and elegant use of chrome can be seen, as well as his classic breakdown of shape.

Surrealist work of art from Huelva, where the warm colors and elegant architecture predominate offering a serene and arid landscape, perhaps also nostalgic.

In this piece, Rafael Boti captures, in a simple fashion, the garden landscape with a personal use of the color palette. The influence of Daniel Vázquez Díaz is consistent in his work, defining a particular constructive sense of form.

Pilar Barroso is a painter who bridges the generation of artists who created the Huelva School of painting throughout the 20th century through to the contemporary painters. His teacher, Pedro Gómez, imparted his interest in the local natural landscape.

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