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Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World

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Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World is the first U.S. exhibition to present Oller’s work within both its New and Old World contexts. Oller emerged from the small art world of San Juan in the 1840s, spending twenty years in Madrid and Paris, where he was inspired by the art of Gustave Courbet and joined the avant-garde circles of such artists as Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet. While European Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism formed a critical jumping-off point for Oller’s aesthetic, his most important source of inspiration was Puerto Rico, where he painted tropical landscapes, still lifes with indigenous fruits and vegetables, and portraits of distinguished artists and intellectuals.

The exhibition graphics included bilingual didactic panels and object labels, hand-painted titles, illustrated timelines, and two large reproductions (including Oller's The Wake).

Francisco Oller | Entry GalleryFrancisco Oller | Pull Quote Francisco Oller | Didactic Panels Francisco Oller | Label Detail Francisco Oller | Alcove with Reproduction of Oller's The Wake Francisco Oller | Detail of Timeline PanelFrancisco Oller | Reading Room Featuring Large Reproduction