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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.

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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.

Freelance writer Sally Howard has info on the new art scene (link).

Featured image, top: Jardín de las Elegías. Son Moragues, 1903, oil on canvas, Santiago Rusiñol

Links

MallorcaImages – landscape and nature photography from Mallorca

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