Sometimes it can be thought that impressionist painting is an artistic style that was exclusively produced in France. And while it is true that it emerged in the French capital and that the most emblematic creators of this movement were of this nationality, the truth is that it was a style that spread throughout Europe and the examples are numerous.
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For example, in Holland worked an Impressionist painter of great quality like Georges Hiendrick Breitner who painted works as beautiful as the Bridge over the Singel in Paleisstraat. And even Impressionism reached North American artists such as John Singer Sargent, author of works such as Gypsy Camp. By the way, a painting inspired by Spain, where he made friends with the two great painters of Hispanic Impressionism:Darío de RegoyosandAureliano Beruete. Of the first, it is worth highlighting works such as Good Friday in Castile, while the second is the author of the painting that stars in these lines.
Aureliano de Beruete y Moret (1845 – 1912) was a painter who was a disciple of the landscape painter Carlos de Haes, an artist prior to Impressionism but of great capacity that even has works hanging in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, such as his Dutch Windmill. By the way, Beruete became thedirector of the Prado.
Beruete was a very enlightened painter, and above all he traveled extensively, since he toured much of Spain and many places abroad. However, his most characteristic works are identified with the landscapes of the center of the Iberian Peninsula, such as this oneVenta del Macholocated in the Castilian province ofToledo.
One of the big differences between Beruete's way of working and the French Impressionist painters, is that although he also painted outdoors, the Spanish mixed colors in your palette and not on the canvas.
And the social touch that he was looking for in his images also differentiated him. Undoubtedly influenced by the ideas of the writers of the Generation of '98, who were very supportive of him and praised those notes of realism that he imprinted on his landscapes, since Beruete focused on themes that showed the crudeness and precariousness of the rural world, and even he painted many works featuring the suburbs of Madrid.
He did all of this with a direct and very fragmented style, and giving full prominence in his paintings to the natural light that he contemplated in the landscapes, trying to capture it in the most real way possible, almost as if it were a photograph.