Storm - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Baroja, Ricardo

Minas de Riotinto, Huelva, 12/01/1871-Bera, Navarre, 19/12/1953

Oil on cardboard

30 x 51 cm

Monogram: the initials R (inverted) and B intertwined (bottom left hand corner)


Second quarter of the 20th century


Donated by Francisca Urra González in 1985

  • This relation between adversity and destitute, helpless figures, one of the constant features of Baroja's output at his time, appears again in Storm. In this Goya-like work, Baroja portrays a group of people struggling to advance along a road in the face of a violent storm. The rough weather and the perseverance of the group on the road puts us in mind, this being Baroja, of the defenceless groups whose work, or the fortunes of war, oblige them to keep moving. The mastery in the use of the scale of greys, and in the play of light that enhances the atmospheric effects, harks directly back to the techniques of the engraver. (Javier Novo)

Selected bibliography

  • Los Baroja en Madrid [Cat. exp.]. Madrid, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Museos Municipales, 1997. pp. 162, 260. N° cat. 38
  • Los Baroja en Madrid [Cat. exp.]. Madrid, Ayuntamiento, Museos Municipales, 1997. pp. 162, 260, n° 38..
  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. pp. 59-60.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. pp. 59-60.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. pp. 58-59, n° cat. 26b.