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Guided visit: Darío de Regoyos y Valdés “The passing of the train” 1902

The Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra offers you this week a new guided tour of a particular artwork from the exhibition “INFLUENCERS in Art. From Van Goyen to Pop Art“, which you can listen to from home.

Today, the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra invites you to discover ” The Passing of the Train “, 1902, by the artist Darío de Regoyos I Valdés, which is part of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection.

Born in Ribadesella on 1 November 1857 and died in Barcelona on 29 October 1913, Darío de Regoyos i Valdés is one of the greatest representatives of modern art and more specifically of impressionism and neo-impressionism in Spain. Although his father did not accept the idea that his son was following an artistic career, the young Dario began his training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid under the guidance of the great landscape artist Carlos de Haes, and then continued his training in Paris and finally in Belgium. He was the key to discovering the avant-garde, becoming a member of several independent groups such as L’Essors, and later Les Vingt, of which he was one of the founders.

It was at this time that Regoyos developed a style and a language that was contrary to academic conventions, in the image of La Libre Esthétique, another artistic circle of the Belgian avant-garde with which the artist was proper. Influenced by the great figures of French modern art such as Paul Seurat, he formed part of pointillism before turning to the landscapes with dark tons, so characteristic of the painter.

As an artist hostile to the official style and used to the Salon des Independants, he quickly embodied the most direct link between European avant-garde and Spanish painting, becoming one of the inspirations for the young generations of painters who formed the famous Modernism.

Deeply linked to the Basque Country, the artist appreciates the moderate light that leaves the field open to variations of tonnage, as well as the railway themes of which will make many representations. De Regoyos includes movement in his works, above all through the work of the smoke that is emitted by the trains that supply them, illustrating a daily life in which nature and modernity live side by side.

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