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San Diego Uptown News | July 22–August 4, 2011


From El Greco to Dalì—The Great Spanish Masters from the Pérez Simón Collection FROM PAGE 12


ion, lamentation and burial of Christ. Other artists like Ribera and Corte are inspired by other Biblical stories in reverent tones of brown, black and white. Two large paintings show

large public gatherings in Ma- drid’s Plaza Mayor. A religious proclamation by the king and a bullfighting festival suggest the two poles of Spanish art: the sacred and the profane. Forgive me as I scuttle past

still-lifes and elegant portraits of Spain’s merry or not-so-mer- ry monarchs. Though quite magnificent, I prefer to focus on the bright pastels of the Valencian artist Sorolla. His oxen in the sea study is

surpassed only by a lovely little gem of the Basque fishing port of San Sebastian and a larger beauty, “Morning Sun,” a peak at the seaside life of Valencia. Alas, its pendant, “Evening Sun,” was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. I lingered in an entire

gallery devoted to Sorolla, obviously one of Perez Simon’s favorite painters. You appreci- ate how the French impres- sionists were beholden to him. Most exotic is Torres’

“Portrait of a Lady,” her dark penetrating Andalusian eyes full of the gypsy influence of southern Spain. In contrast is Camarasa’s vivid technicolor ode to an elegantly dressed

market fair in Valencia. Space limitations preclude mentioning so many other worthwhile paintings, so onto the 20th century we go. Soak in the majesty of Catalan paint- ers Picasso (six works, some from his pre-cubist period), Miro (three splendid exam- ples) and an abstract still-life by Juan Gris. Topping it off are eight

masterworks by the surreal- ist madman, Dalí. Ever the jokester, his two-part “Galas Christ” is designed to be viewed through the mirrored box, making it appear to be a triptych. “The Tuna Hunt”

(Courtesy SDMA)

is classic Dalí, ribboned with blood against alabaster bodies, yet irresistibly beautiful in its overall composition.

This exhibition is one of the finest presented at SDMA in recent memory and, with San Diego’s Spanish heritage, marked by names like Cabrillo, Balboa and Coronado, it is a fit- ting tribute to the city. “El Greco to Dali”: Great

Spanish Masters from the Perez Simon Collection contin- ues through Nov. 6 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Bal- boa Park. For more informa- tion, call (619) 232-7931 or visit


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