The Market Garden in Beraun or Cabbages - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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The Market Garden in Beraun or Cabbages

Salís, José

Santoña, Cantabria, 1863/12/01-Irun, Gipuzkoa, 30/12/1926

Oil on tablex

42.5 x 57 cm

J. Salis (bottom left hand corner)

c. 1901

Early 20th century


Donated by Dolores Salís, daughter of the artist in 1996

The garden at Beraun, so close at hand, became an habitual motif, and he eventually painted all of it: flowers, hen coops and, as here, the market garden, at different times of day and in a remarkable variety of atmospheric effects. The low perspective of Cabbages enables him to emphasize the central role of a motif that, like almost all of Salís's, is not in itself transcendent and in which the really important thing is the light. The sheds seen in the background housed the carpenter's shop run by the father of painter Gaspar Montes Iturrioz, one of Salís's disciples. (Mikel Lertxundi)

Selected bibliography

  • 50 años de pintura vasca, 1885-1935 [Cat. exp.]. Madrid, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, 1971. n° cat. 142.
  • 50 años de pintura vasca, 1885-1935 [Cat. exp.]. San Sebastián, Museo de San Telmo, 1972. s. p., n° cat. 93.
  • Guía Artistas Vascos. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2008. p. 45.
  • Gida Euskal Artistak. Bilbao, Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, 2008. p. 45.
  • Guide Basque Artists. Bilbao, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, 2012. p. 45, n° cat. 20.