Artful Thursday Lecture: The French Taste for Spanish Painting in the 19th Century
In 1838, King Louis Philippe of France inaugurated the Galerie Espagnole at the Louvre, placing on view his extraordinary collection of hundreds of Spanish paintings, which left an indelible impression in France. By the 1860s, the French taste for Spanish painting was perceptible at each Paris Salon.
This talk examines the ways in which the masters of Spain's Golden Age — El Greco, Murillo, Ribera, Velázquez and Zurbarán — influenced 19th-century French artists including Courbet, Degas, Delacroix, Millet, Renoir and, most notably, Manet.
Presented by Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in conjunction with the exhibition Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado.