El Greco at Grand Palais, Paris

The Grand Palais in Paris stages the first major El Greco retrospective in France. It is a life-changing exhibition that will be remembered as one of the strongest shows ever presented on the artist. It remains on view until 10th February 2020.

First inspired by Byzantine painting following an apprenticeship in Venice and Rome,  Domenico Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco found fame in Spain. Bringing Michelangelo, Tintoretto and Titian’s sensibilities, El Greco quickly established his oeuvre as one of Renaissance’s most innovative artists. Today, his legacy, style, and colour treatment position him as an avant-garde, who later inspired Cubists, Impressionists and Fauvists.

The exhibition co-organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, the Musée du Louvre and the Art Institute of Chicago, and curated by Guillaume Kientz, Curator of European Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, brings together the most significant paintings by the artist including Saint Luke, Portrait of Cardinal Niño de Guevara, Saint Martin and the Beggar, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Loans from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, El Prado Madrid, The National Library in Madrid, and the Art Institute of Chicago were secured.

Demonstrating El Greco’s continuous effort to push the boundaries of forms and colours,  the stunning exhibition culminates with the masterpiece The Fifth Seal of the Apocalypse or The Vision of Saint John which features Modernist traits and reveal the artist’s independent approach to shapes, religious themes and colours. Highlights also include retables and other religious items the master realized earlier in his life. It is one of the most important exhibitions at the moment. 


Images: Saint Luke (1605–10), El Greco. Photo © Archives Alinari, Florence, Dist. RMN- Grand Palais/Raffaello Bencini and Hortensio Félix Paravicino by El Greco.