Palma’s Es Baluard museum and the permanent collection at the Caixa foundation both show works from Mallorca’s landscape-painting tradition.
Landscape painting became a popular genre in Spain in the mid-19th century. Freeing the artists from the heavy demands to paint historical and religious references, landscape painting allowed the painter to focus on his relationship with nature and with his/her own connection. Artists began to work outdoors in direct contact with nature.
Molinar Amb Gent, Ricard Anckermann, 1890
There was a distinct Mediterranean school of landscape painting and most of the painters who came to Mallorca were Catalan, drawn by the unspoilt vistas and intense light.
Featured image, top: Jardín de las Elegías. Son Moragues, 1903, oil on canvas, Santiago Rusiñol