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Sand with Mountain Line. Morocco
Fortuny, Mariano
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Fortuny, Mariano

Reus, Tarragona, 1838 - Rome, 1874

Fortuny, Mariano See author's file

Sand with Mountain Line. Morocco

Ca. 1860. Watercolour, Pencil strokes on white paper.
Not on display

The Provincial Council of Barcelona sent Fortuny to Morocco to compile graphic information for subsequent paintings on the most notable achievements in the Spanish-Moroccan War, in which Catalan volunteer troops were fighting. In Morocco from February 1860, Fortuny followed the campaign, witnessing and subsequently painting The Battle of Wad-Ras. At the same time he was also notably attracted by local customs and peoples. He returned in 1862 and made numerous sketches in preparation for The Battle of Tétouan, again for the Provincial Council, a large-format work that remained unfinished. The discovery of North Africa’s bare, sweeping spaces, its intense light and dazzling colour produced a radical change in Fortuny’s painting. This is evident in both his works painted from life and those subsequently executed in the studio from sketches, his memory and his imagination.


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Inventory number
Fortuny, Mariano
Sand with Mountain Line. Morocco
Ca. 1860
Watercolour; Pencil strokes
White paper
Height: 262 mm; Width: 373 mm
Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, Rome, 1874; Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, Venice, 1946; donated by Henriette Nigrin, widow of the latter, to the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1951

Bibliography +

González López, Carlos, Mariano Fortuny Marsal. Catálogo de óleos y acuarelas. Catálogo de Dibujos. Tomo II, Diccionari Rafols, Barcelona, 1989, pp. 67.

Gutiérrez Márquez, Ana, Cecilia de Madrazo: Luz y memoria de Mariano Fortuny., Museo Nacional del Prado. Fundación María Cristina Masaveu, Madrid, 2017, pp. 134.

Gutiérrez Márquez, A, 'Mariano Fortuny. Arena con línea de montaña. Marruecos' En:, Fortuny (1838-1874), Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2017, pp. 113-114 n.8.

Inscriptions +

Tetuan 1er viaje / sable avec ligne de montagne / au loin mer [probablemente realizada por Henriette Nigrin, donante de la obra]

Fortuny [sello de la testamentaría del pintor]
Front, lower left area

Exhibitions +

I Fortuny. Una storia di famiglia
26.08.2019 - 26.11.2019

Fortuny (1838-1874)
21.11.2017 - 18.03.2018

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 14-11-2017

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