Organised to mark the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death, this exhibition is an extensive
retrospective of the career of Darío de Regoyos (1857-1913), the leading Spanish representative of
Impressionism. More than 100 works will reveal the artist’s different modes of artistic expression,
thematic concerns and aesthetic evolution over the course of his career.
Their original use of colour and audacious depiction of the effects of light and atmosphere make
Regoyos’s landscapes one of the most innovative chapters in the history of Spanish art of this period.
In addition, the early links he established with Belgian and French painters, musicians and writers and
his active participation in avant-garde art circles make him the most international figure in late 19th
century Spanish painting. In contrast, his works based around the concept of España negra [Black
Spain] reflect a darker side of Spanish culture.
The exhibition is produced by the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao with the collaboration of the Museo
Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and the Museo Carmen Thyssen in Malaga, where it will subsequently
be shown in a smaller version. These three museums have contributed important works from their
respective collections, in addition to others loaned by leading institutions such as the Musées Royaux
des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, the Musée d’Orsay, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, as well as numerous private collections.
The exhibition’s catalogue offers an updated revision of the artist’s biography and an in-depth analysis
of his contribution to painting, with texts by the curator, Juan San Nicolás, one of the leading experts
on Regoyos; Javier Barón, Head of the Department of 19th-century Painting at the Museo Nacional del
Prado; and Mercè Doñate, until last year Curator of Modern Art at the Museu Nacional d’Art de