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Дарио де
Ригойос

1857−1913
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Dario de Rigoyos (Spanish: Darío de Regoyos y Valdés, November 1, 1857, Ribadesella - October 29, 1913, Barcelona) - Spanish painter, neo-impressionist and symbolist, member of the Belgian art "Group of Twenty."

Features of the artist Dario de Rigoyosa: One of the most important events for Rigoyos that determined his aesthetics was the pilgrimage trip, which he went with the poet Emil Verharn. They traveled to many cities and towns of Spain in search of its true essence: they searched for the country of “pain, sadness, religious processions, poverty, sad songs.” The result of this trip was Verharn's book Black Spain, for which Rigoyos created illustrations. Rigoyos was the only Spaniard who worked in the technique of pointillism, but eventually abandoned this method, concentrated on landscapes in which almost expressionistic alarming colors are visible.

Famous works of Dario de Rigoyosa: "Networks", "The Month of the Virgin in Brussels".

Dario de Rigoyos grew up in Madrid in the family of an architect who was invited from Valencia to rebuild and modernize the capital's neighborhoods. For a student of Rigoyosa, who managed to study for 2 years at the Madrid School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, a turning point in his career and in life was a trip to Brussels. It dragged on for a long time. In Belgium, the young artist is captivated by an artistic life: he meets the artist Theo van Reisselberg and the poet Emil Verharn. And after a while he became the only foreigner in the famous Belgian G20 - the one that hosted the exhibitions of Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, James Whistler, John Sargent, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the mid-80s. It was at one of the G20 exhibitions that a historic purchase was made - Van Gogh's “Red Vineyards in Arles” were sold. In short, the Brussels artistic bohemia and even the Belgian audience were susceptible to art, which the French were still able to faint. And of course, the G20 participants themselves were greatly influenced by the new French art.

For several years, Dario de Rigoyos experimented with the technique of pointillism, and in 1893 his neo-impressionist work Network was presented at the Paris Independent Salon. Paris art dealer Duran-Ruelle has been hosting solo exhibitions of Rigoyosa for several years in a row. In general, Rigoyos became much faster known and recognized abroad than at home: in Madrid his work was treated coldly, and at one of the exhibitions in Barcelona there was a sad and wonderful story with the painting “The Month of the Virgin in Brussels” (this picture, by the way, will be presented at the Moscow exhibition).

The “Month of the Virgin” delighted local artists so much that they decided to buy the painting and donate it to the Barcelona Museum. The total purchase involved 5 artists (including Rusignol and Casas), 2 critics and architect Antonio Gaudi. Unfortunately, the museum refused the gift.

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