Electric light. Aragon - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Electric light. Aragon

Regoyos y Valdés, Darío de

Ribadesella (Asturias), 1857/11/01-Bartzelona, 1913/10/29


31,8 x 21,2 cm

Regoyos (bottom right hand corner)

c. 1890

Late 19th century


Acquired in 1932

The oil painting Electric Light. Aragon probably dates, at least on the evidence of the signature and the place depicted, from around 1890, when Regoyos visited Saragossa and the part of the Pyrenees in Aragon, where his only sister Amalia lived. This oil painting shows the artist's interest in capturing the arrival of the electric light in towns and villages in Spain. The theme appears in a number of his works, in which the new light simply dazzles, as it does in this painting where the lighting outreaches to the back façade, throwing up more accentuated shadows, both from the building itself and from the carriages, trees and the bench. Particularly interesting are the effects of the trees, the varying intensity on the ground and the precision with which the carriages are painted. The painting provides a sort of testimony to the arrival of a new era, in a scene where light and solitude are given central roles. [Juan San Nicolás, 2008]

Selected bibliography

  • Fernández Avello, Manuel. Pintores asturianos. Oviedo, Banco Herrero, 1971. p. 113. (titulado Pais con carro suelto)
  • Exposición-homenaje a Dario de Regoyos, 1859-1913 [Folleto]. Bilbao, Asociación Amigos del Museo, 1951. s. p., n° cat. 75. (Con el título Luz eléctrica)
  • Pintores y escultores vascos de ayer, hoy y mañana. Bilbao, La Gran Enciclopedia Vasca, vol. I, 1973. p. 47. (Con el titulo Carros sueltos)
  • Bengoechea, Javier de. Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao. Bilbao, La Gran Enciclopedia Vasca, 1978. p. 270.
  • Bengoechea, Javier de. Catálogo de arte moderno y contemporáneo del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. Bilbao, Banco de Vizcaya, 1980. p. 102 (Con el titulo Carros sueltos).
  • San Nicolás, Juan. Darío de Regoyos, 1857-1913. Barcelona, Edicions catalanes, 1990. p. 234, n° cat. 57.
  • San Nicolás, Juan. "Darío de Regoyos : bere prestakuntza, bizitza eta obra = aspectos de su formación, vida y obra = Aspects of this training, life and work", B'07 : Buletina = Boletín = Bulletin, n° 3. 2008. p. 211, fig. 5.
  • San Nicolás, Juan. Darío de Regoyos : catálogo razonado = catalogue raisonné. Madrid, Fundación Azcona ; Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias , 2014. p. 112, n° cat. 98.
  • Ideal de Aragón : regeneración e identidad en las artes plásticas, 1898-1939 [Cat. exp.]. Zaragoza, Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza, Vicerrectorado de Cultura y Politica Social, 2015. pp. 43, 56-57, n° cat. 1.
  • Quintanal Sánchez, Inmaculada [Ed. lit.]. Darío de Regoyos, en su centenario. Oviedo, Real Instituto de Estudios Asturianos, 2015. p. 38.