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

Reus, Tarragona, 1838 - Roma, 1874

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Sand with Mountain Line. Morocco

Ca. 1860. Watercolour, Pencil strokes on white paper, 262 x 373 mm.

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
D006222
Author
Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano
Title
Sand with Mountain Line. Morocco
Date
Ca. 1860
Technique
Watercolour; Pencil strokes
Support
White paper
Dimension
High/Height: 262 mm.; Width: 373 mm.
Provenance
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, A, 'Mariano Fortuny. Arena con línea de montaña. Marruecos' En:, Fortuny (1838-1874), Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2017, pp. 113-114 n.8.

Exhibitions +

Fortuny (1838-1874)
Madrid
21.11.2017 - 18.03.2018

Location +

Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 06-02-2018 | Registry created on 14-11-2017

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