Exhibition El Greco
from October 16, 2019 to February 10, 2020
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), L'Ouverture du cinquième sceau (détail)
© The MET
Domenico Theotokopoulos, known as “El Greco” (1541–1614), of Cretan origin, began his training in the Byzantine tradition, before heading to Venice, then Rome, to refine his education. Yet it was in Spain that his art flourished and became firmly established, as of the 1570s. The artist imported Titian’s color, Tintoretto’s boldness, and Michelangelo’s artistic force to the Iberian Peninsula. This association, original yet consistent as regards his own development, gives El Greco a distinctive position in the history of painting: he was the last great master of the Renaissance, and the first great painter of the Golden Age.
Rediscovered in the late 19th century, recognized and embraced by the avant-gardists of the early 20th century, the artist thus enjoys the dual prestige of tradition and modernity, linking Titian to the Fauves, and Mannerism to Cubism, Expressionism, and Abstraction.
El Greco was also an insatiable inventor of forms, developing innovative, audacious compositions to which he returned continuously throughout his career. His independent approach was equally matched by the electric freedom of his palette and brush.
This is the rich figure to be presented in the retrospective El Greco, jointly organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée du Louvre, the first large-scale monographic exhibition to be devoted to the artist in France.
Guillaume Kientz, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (Texas), and Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau, Musée du Louvre
From October 14, 2019 to February 10, 2020