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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

BOOK FORMAT
Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 268 pgs / 155 color / 13 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 55   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9788417173302 TRADE
List Price: $75.00 CDN $105.00 GBP £65.00

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Out of stock

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Madrid, Spain
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 06/18/19–09/22/19

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Balenciaga and Spanish Painting

Text by Eloy Martínez de la Pera, Pamela Golbin, Estrella de Diego, Hamish Bowles, Juan Gutiérrez.

Balenciaga and Spanish Painting

An elegant clothbound volume celebrating the master fashion designer Balenciaga's affinity for Spanish painting

This book surveys the significant influence that the painters of the so-called Spanish School had on the creative process of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the great master couturier of the 20th century.

Balenciaga was born in the Spanish coastal town of Getaria in 1895 and was the son of a seamstress. His mother made clothing for prominent families including the Marquis and Marquise of Casa Torres who spent their summers in Getaria. It was at their mansion that the young designer first admired the garments by the best London tailors and the most reputed Parisian couturiers, and where he was able to enjoy the magnificent art collection owned by the couple.

Balenciaga was known for his ability to take historical garments and render them in a highly modern way, with the use of clean lines and pure forms that earned him the epithet of "the architect of fashion.

Throughout his career, Balenciaga took delight in the colors, volumes and forms of the fabrics depicted in the paintings of Velázquez, El Greco, Zurbarán, Goya, Raimundo de Madrazo and Zuloaga, among others. References to Spanish culture were present in his work and continued to be seen even in his most groundbreaking period. Balenciaga and Spanish Painting features a selection of paintings and valuable items of clothing from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and other national museums, as well as private collections.

Though it would seem impossible to replicate El Greco's gleaming fabrics in real life, Balenciaga manages

to do just that." –Hyperallergic


ABOVE LEFT: Francisco de Zurbarán, "Saint Casilda" (ca. 1630–35). ABOVE RIGHT: Dress and cape evening ensemble, 1962.

Balenciaga and Spanish Painting

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/4/2019

Gorgeous 'Balenciaga and Spanish Painting' is a Staff Pick Holiday Gift, 2019!

Gorgeous 'Balenciaga and Spanish Painting' is a Staff Pick Holiday Gift, 2019!

Featured images—Ignacio Zuloaga's Portrait of María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, Duchess of Alba, 1921, and a Balenciaga evening gown in taffeta, 1952—are reproduced from Balenciaga and Spanish Painting, the deluxe exhibition catalogue from Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza featuring a variety of special papers, exquisite printing, sewn-in black-and-white booklets of vintage documentary photographs and portraits, newly commissioned photography and a wealth of historical paintings that influenced the master couturier. "Feel," Eloy Martínez de la Pera writes. "Feeling Velázquez, Balenciaga created the most beautiful feminine silhouettes of twentieth-century couture. Feeling El Greco, he used iridescent silk satins, sateens and taffetas draped with the most vibrant colors. Feeling Sánchez Coello and Pantoja de la Cruz, he dyed wool and velvets black, elevating the absence of color to the peak of elegance. Feeling Zurbarán, he designed emblematic volumes with gazar in all his creations and eliminated seams in order to purify a wedding dress to the maximum. Feeling Goya, he rendered a handmade lace embellished by transparency. Feeling Zuloaga, he found pride in 'Spanishness' that emerged in each of his layers, in each of his toiles. Feeling art, he honored art itself, seeking the perfection of a stitch, the legacy of a simple seamstress from Getaria: Martina Eizaguirre, his mother." continue to blog


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