Tag: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal

Meadows Museum

Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (Spanish, 1838–1874), The Choice of
a Model, 1868–74. Oil on wood. National Gallery of Art,
Washington. Corcoran Collection (William A. Clark Collection), 2015.143.12.



Fortuny: Friends and Followers

February 3–June 2, 2019

Recently the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, generously agreed to the long-term loan of an important painting by Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838–1874): The Choice of a Model (1868–74). 

In honor of this prestigious loan, the Meadows Museum will host an exhibition dedicated to Fortuny and his world, drawing from its rich holdings of works on paper as well as key loans from private and public collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in order to showcase many of the friends, family, and followers who engaged with the popular Spanish painter’s work. Fortuny’s paintings were especially prized by nineteenth-century American collectors as well as by contemporaneous artists. 

The legacy of that popularity resonates with the distinctly American provenance of both the Meadows’s Beach at Portici and the National Gallery’s The Choice of a Model, and their current ownership by American museums.




The Spanish Look: Fortuny, Frenchmen, and the Sombrero Calañés

February 7, 2019  

Daniel Ralston, Meadows Curatorial Fellow

This lecture explores how Fortuny, his artistic circle, and his principal American collectors sought to define, construct, and propagate their own unique image of Spain.


Symposium: Finding a Way: Art Exchanges Between Russia and the United States

Wednesday, February 13, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Th­is program will explore the politics of international cultural exchange since the 2011 moratorium on loans of art objects between Russian, government-owned museums and institutions in the United States. Th­e program will begin with a conversation between art museum directors Mikhail Piotrovski of the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, and Glenn Lowry of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, followed by a discussion between diplomatic officials from Russia and the United States. Daniel T. Orlovsky, Professor and George Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies, Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences, will moderate both conversations.


Eakins, Sargent, and Chase: Fortuny’s Divergent American Admirers

March 7, 2019

Brian Allen, independent art historian

This talk examines the Spanish master’s appeal to a range of young American painters working in differing styles, from Thomas Eakin’s realism, to John Singer Sargent’s painterly naturalism, and William Merritt Chase’s adaptation of brushwork akin to Impressionism.


Dressing the Model

April 11, 2019

Gloria Groom, chair of European painting and sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago 

This lecture will explore why and how the artists of Mariano Fortuny’s circle—Tissot, Gérôme, Alfred Stevens, and other so-called academic painters—used fashion in their portraits and genre scenes, as well as how these artists intersected with the Impressionists, including Renoir, Monet, Degas, and Manet. 




Art in Medieval and Renaissance Spain

Six Fridays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

While the Meadows Museum is perhaps best known for its excellent collection of Early Modern and Modern Spanish art, it is also home to significant holdings of medieval and Renaissance painting and sculpture. Recent years have seen the significant addition of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century panel paintings to the collection, which help to offer a more balanced history of Spanish art. In order to contextualize these important acquisitions, this lecture series will consider artmaking in the Middle Ages beginning with the oldest object in the Meadows collection, which dates to the tenth century. The six-part lecture series will conclude with a look forward to the stylistic shifts characteristic of Renaissance art and architecture in the sixteenth century.


Meadows Museum Exhibitions, Events, and Lectures


Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida 

Through Jun. 3, 2018

Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) is one of the major sculptors of the post-war international art movement. His monumental public works can be found throughout Spain, Europe and the Americas. Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida presents 66 works of sculpture, drawing, collage, gravitations, graphic works, and a small selection of artists’ books, representing a general view of the mature phase of this key sculptor of the post-war avant-garde.


Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (Spanish, 1838–1874), Beach at Portici, 1874. Oil on canvas, 27 x 51 ¼ in. (68.6 x 130.2 cm). Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase with funds from Mary Anne Cree, Mrs. Eugene McDermott, Susan Heldt Albritton, Linda P. and William A. Custard, Gwen and Richard Irwin, Shirley and Bill McIntyre, Cyrena Nolan, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Gene and Jerry Jones, Pilar and Jay Henry, Barbara and Mike McKenzie, Caren Prothro, Marilyn Augur, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Barzune, Diane and Stuart Bumpas, The Honorable Janet Kafka and Mr. Terry Kafka, the Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Levy Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, Stacey and Nicholas McCord, Linda and John McFarland, Catherine Blaffer Taylor, Julie and George Tobolowsky, Cheryl and Kevin Vogel, Diane and Gregory Warden, Natalie and George Lee, Estelle and Michael Thomas, Bethany and Samuel Holland, President R. Gerald and Gail Turner, Kathleen and Mark Roglán, and an Anonymous Donor. MM.2017.03. Photo by Robert LaPrelle

At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase 

Jun. 24-Sep. 23, 2018

The Meadows Museum, SMU, has acquired Beach at Portici, the last painting of famed Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874). The nearly finished painting—which is unusual for its large scale, relative to much of the artist’s work—depicts the enjoyment of a summer day at the beach, and demonstrates Fortuny’s hallmark ability to capture light in paint. Fortuny was an especially popular artist with 19th-century American collectors and audiences, as the particularly American provenance of this work reveals. Reflecting the high esteem in which Fortuny’s works were held, Beach at Portici was featured prominently in the American Pavilion’s “Loan Collection of Foreign Masterpieces Owned in the United States” at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Considered one of the most important international exhibitions of the 19th century, these works were selected to show off to the Fair’s wide audiences— more than 27 million people visited during its six-month run—the richness and breadth of paintings owned by American collectors and museums, and implicitly, American economic prowess, and refined taste in fine art.

Beach at Portici will be on view at the Meadows Museum beginning January 19, 2018. From June 24 through September 23, it will be the subject of a focused exhibition, At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase, where it will be paired with a loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Chase’s Idle Hours (c. 1894). The Spanish artist had a significant impact on many important American artists and perhaps especially on Chase, who knew his work well and greatly admired it.

Read more about “At the Beach”

Murillo at the Meadows: A 400th Anniversary Celebration 

Through Dec. 2, 2018



Family Program: A Day at the Beach

Jun. 23, 10:00 am



Lecture Series: Light, Camera, Landscape: The Rise of International Impressionism

May 31-Jun. 14, 6:00-7:30 pm

Nancy Cohen Israel

Meadows Museum


Lecture: At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase

Jun. 28, 6:00 pm

Mark A. Roglán and Andrew Walker

Meadows Museum