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Exhibitions

Sorolla and America

RARE MASTERWORK BY SPANISH COURT PAINTER VICENTE LÓPEZ ACQUIRED BY MEADOWS MUSEUM


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Sorolla and America
December 13, 2013-April 19, 2014

The Meadows Museum is organizing a comprehensive new exhibition, Sorolla and America, which will explore for the first time Joaquín Sorolla’s unique relationship with the United States in the early twentieth century. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) was the most internationally known Spanish artist until the arrival of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), and his paintings are in many of the most important museums and private collections in the world. The exhibition will feature works that relate to his American connection and explain how this country affected the artist, as well as how Sorolla was received by American audiences. Addressed in the exhibition will be the repercussions of Sorolla’s blockbuster U.S. exhibitions in 1909 and 1911 from the artistic to the financial perspective. Through these various facets, the exhibition will allow visitors to gain an understanding of the significance and quality of this celebrated painter.

More than one hundred works will be presented, including paintings, oil sketches, and drawings. A complete range of the different subjects including social themes, landscapes, beach scenes, portraits, and historical matters, will provide an understanding of Sorolla’s work. The role of key collectors and supporters, such as Archer Huntington and Thomas Fortune Ryan, will also be featured.

The exhibition includes a significant number of works from The Hispanic Society of America, which has been a major supporter of the project and whose generosity has been critical to its success. Following the Dallas venue, the exhibition is scheduled to travel to The San Diego Museum of Art (May 30-August 26, 2014) and Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid (September 23, 2014-January 11, 2015).

Guest curator Blanca Pons-Sorolla is the great-granddaughter of the artist, the author of Joaquín Sorolla (London, 2005), and the world authority for Sorolla’s works. Fully illustrated English- and Spanish-language catalogues will accompany the exhibition, with essays by nineteenth-century art experts. The catalogue will include key archival materials relating to Sorolla’s reception in America. In addition, the Museum will present a symposium on the artist featuring an international panel of scholars and researchers.

This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum, SMU, The San Diego Museum of Art, and Fundación MAPFRE. The contributions of The Hispanic Society of America have been crucial to the success of this exhibition. A generous gift from The Meadows Foundation has made this project possible.

RARE MASTERWORK BY SPANISH COURT PAINTER VICENTE LÓPEZ ACQUIRED BY MEADOWS MUSEUM
Unveiled May 10, 2011

Portrait of Influential American Merchant Richard Worsam Meade, First Major Collector of Spanish Art in U.S.

A rare portrait of influential American merchant and naval agent Richard Worsam Meade—the first major collector of Spanish art in the U.S.—will be made accessible to the public in its new home at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. On May 10, the museum will unveil the masterwork by Vicente López, one of the most significant painters of the Spanish Enlightenment. Acquired with the generous support of six donors from the Dallas community, the unpublished painting will add depth to the museum’s holdings of work by this celebrated court painter and will provide insight into a legendary American family.

Meade was the son of the Philadelphia Revolutionary George Meade, and his son, George Gordon Meade – better known as General Meade – went on to defeat Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg. Around 1800, Richard Worsam Meade moved his export business to the port city of Cádiz, Spain where he began to collect paintings as currency for debts. It was there that Meade developed one of the most outstanding private collections of Spanish art, including paintings by Titian, Correggio, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Velázquez, and Murillo, and ultimately became the first American collector known to have owned a painting by Murillo.

“Meade could in many ways be considered the earliest predecessor of our museum’s founder, Algur H. Meadows,” said director Mark Roglán. “Both men were influential American entrepreneurs who, in the course of their business abroad in Spain, developed a passion for the country’s art, ultimately creating a new audience for it back home. This exceptional painting will be the first portrait of an American painted by a Spanish painter to enter our collection, and it is fitting that the subject is someone who shares a legacy with our founding patron.”

The painting will be on display at the museum beginning Tuesday, May 10, and will be included in the upcoming exhibition Meadows Collects: Ten Years, Ten Works, which will open in the fall of 2011. The exhibition will feature the ten most significant works the Meadows has acquired over the past decade, and will celebrate the ten year anniversary of their current home, which was funded by The Meadows Foundation.

López, honorary court painter to Charles IV (r. 1788-1808), was later appointed First Court Painter to Ferdinand VII alongside Francisco Goya in 1814. Ferdinand VII eventually began to greatly prefer the work of López, and in 1826 Goya requested permission to retire, leaving López as the primary court painter to the King. López went on to be the court painter for a third monarch, Queen Isabella II (r. 1830-1868), the eldest daughter of Ferdinand VII. This monumental portrait of Meade, which dates from 1815, was likely created in Madrid where López was working at the time. The painting depicts Meade seated at a desk, turned to confront the viewer, and showcases López’s extraordinary technical skill, from his detailed depiction of a wrinkle in the carpet to the color palette on the Meade’s clothing, which is echoed on the patterned rug.

This López painting is a significant addition to the Meadows Museum’s collection, as it provides a more comprehensive understanding of López’s work as a portraitist, and also draws important connections to the Museum’s foundation. The painting is the fourth by López in the Meadows collection, which also includes the Portrait of José Martínez de Hervás, Marqués de Almenara (1812), the Portrait of José Orbaiceta, Marqués de Nevares (1840), and an oil sketch depicting Saint Vincent Martyr Before Dacius (c. 1796).

The painting was purchased through funds generously provided by Linda P. and William A. Custard; Jack and Gloria Hammack; Richard and Gwen S. Irwin; Natalie H. and George T. Lee, Jr.; Mildred M. Oppenheimer; and Catherine B. Taylor. These gifts are eligible for a $5 million matching challenge grant by The Meadows Foundation for the acquisition of Spanish art to enhance the Museum’s permanent collection.

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