Romantic Landscape (La Puebla de Arganzón) - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Romantic Landscape (La Puebla de Arganzón)

Amárica, Fernando de

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 01/06/1866-Vitoria-Gasteiz, 06/11/1956

Oil on canvas

75 x 100 cm

F. AMARICA (bottom right hand corner); Fernando de Amárica (on the reverse)


First quarter of the 20th century


Donated by the artist in 1953

Although tempted by the portrait, his condition as landscape artist determined much of his production and led him to travel far and wide, with a view to painting en plein air. He discovered all kinds of places, although from the 1920s on his outings were always to spots close to Vitoria. What he found on his travels provided him with the themes for most of his output. This is certainly true of Romantic Landscape (La Puebla de Arganzón), a work closely associated with the Impressionist tenets and which highlights the play between the waters of the river and the approaching dusk, endowing the scene with a dream-like quality. [Javier Novo]

Selected bibliography

  • Pantorba, Bernardino de. El pintor Fernando de Amárica : ensayo biográfico y crítico. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Fundación Amárica, 1966. p. 57, n° cat. 268. (Con el título Paisaje romántico)
  • 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 Paisaje con puente).
  • Corredor Matheos, José; Apellániz, Paloma. El pintor Fernando de Amárica. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Caja Provincial de Ahorros de Álava, 1986. p. 140. (Con el título Paisaje romántico)
  • "F. de Amárica", Guía de Exposiciones, n° 77. 1987.
  • Apellániz, Paloma ; Moreno Ruiz de Eguino, Iñaki. Amárica en las colecciones = Amárica bildumetan. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Diputación Foral de Álava, 1996. pp. 102, 144, n° cat. 16. (Con el título 'Paisaje romántico'. (La Puebla))
  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. pp. 51-52.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. pp. 51-52.
  • Iturbe Otaegi, Xabier; Apellániz, Paloma; Moreno Ruiz de Eguino, Iñaki. Fernando de Amárica (1866-1956). Donostia-San Sebastian, Kutxa Fundazioa-Fundación Kutxa, 2010. p. 84.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. pp. 50-51, n° cat. 23a.