Bad Weather. Holland - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Bad Weather. Holland

Alcalá Galiano, Álvaro

Bilbao, 21/05/1873-Paracuellos del Jarama, Madrid, 27/11/1936

Oil on canvas

72.7 x 91.4 cm

Galiano (bottom right hand corner)

c. 1902

First decade of the 20th century


Donated by the artist in 1916

In 1900 he began an artistic journey around Brittany and Holland in search of new motifs. The works he produced in the next two years constitute one of the most interesting contributions to Basque painting, with some rather exotic themes that, certainly with regard to the Breton part, had been frequently dealt with in French art since the mid-19th century. In 1902, with the long campaign over, he exhibited eighteen of these paintings at his Madrid studio, including Bad Weather. Holland. The work displays several of the typical features to be found in other Northern port scenes he produced, including the taste for grey inks and leaden skies, the views against the light that pick out the shapes of the fishermen and the silhouettes of the vessels, and the sinuously elegant line of the sails and their reflections. On his return, he ventured into decorative painting for institutional buildings with the execution of two ceilings for the Bizkaia Provincial Council's Hall (1905), work he continued with the ceilings for the Courthouse (Palacio de Justicia) (1924) and the Naval Ministry (1926-1928), both in Madrid, where he also decorated several private residences. [Mikel Lertxundi]

Selected bibliography

  • Pantorba, Bernardino de. Artistas Vascos. Madrid, Editorial Zoila Ascasibar, 1929. t. III, pp. 77-86.
  • Bengoechea, Javier de. Catálogo de arte moderno y contemporáneo del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. Bilbao, Banco de Vizcaya, 1980. p. 14. (Con el título Mal tiempo - Holanda).
  • Pablo Uranga, 1861-1934 [Cat. exp.]. San Sebastián, Sociedad Guipuzcoana de Ediciones y Publicaciones, Obra Cultural de Kutxa-Caja Gipuzkoa, 1992. pp. 20, 25.
  • Galilea Antón, Ana María. "A propósito de las obras del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao depositadas en otras Instituciones", Urtekaria 1992 : asterlanak, albistak = Anuario 1992 : estudios, crónicas. 1993. pp. 37, 39.
  • Tradition and modernity in basque painting, 1880-1939 = Tradición y modernidad en la pintura vasca, 1880-1939 [Cat. exp.]. Southampton ; Bilbao, Southampton City Art Gallery ; Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 1997. pp. 29, 68-69, 110, n° cat. 22.
  • Tradición y modernidad en la pintura vasca : en las colecciones del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao [Cat. exp.]. Valencia, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, 1999. p. 70.
  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. p. 61.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. p. 51.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. p. 60, n° cat. 27.