8 unmissable artworks at the Reina Sofia Museum

8 unmissable artworks at the Reina Sofia Museum

From Picasso to Joan Miró, Musement shares eight unforgettable that artworks you must see at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.

The Reina Sofía National Museum in Madrid houses several modern art masterpieces. Here are eight you shouldn’t miss.

1. Guernica, Pablo Picasso, 1937

One of the most iconic pieces by the brilliant Spanish painter, this painting in shades of grey, white, and black represents a Spanish Civil War tragedy: the bombing of its titular small town in northern Spain. Its dimensions, nearly 12-feet long, as well as the absence of color, make it a truly overwhelming piece.

2. La table du musicien (The Musician’s Table), by Juan Gris, 1926

This piece, representative of the artist’s predilection for musical instruments and objects of that ilk, is a beautiful oil painting that forces us to contemplate with serenity. Juan Gris is one of the masters of Cubism, and the Reina Sofia Museum is home to several of his works.

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The Musician's Table Juan Gris #juangris 1926 This picture was painted at the beginning of 1926, when the artist was already ill with the disease that would bring his death one year later. The artist's paintings engage in a rich dialogue with his drawings, in which a strong figurative component and a classical conception are never missing. This classicism and sense of order, which were very popular in the postwar period, is perhaps the most personal contribution that Juan Gris made to the Cubist movement, not so much as a reaction to the avant-garde, but as the capacity to give it a new way of seeing. The return to order becomes evident in works such as this one from 1926 and others in which the artist seems to make reference to a synaesthetic and melancholic allegory of art, where painting, music and sculpture coincide. . . . . . 🖌️ . 🖼️ . 🎨 . 👨🏻‍🎨 . 👩🏻‍🎨 . 🖌️ . . . #yemart #art #artlife #gallery #paint #painter #artist #arte #yağlıboya #suluboya #resimdersi #müze #arts #sanat #artgallery #artstagram #galeri #drawing #çizim #painting #resim #sketch #fanart #contemporaryart #draw #museum #canvas #oilpaint

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3. Visage du Grand Masturbateur (Face of the Great Masturbator), Salvador Dalí, 1929

This painting is characterized by twisted, evocative forms among a desolate landscape with a clear horizon that is emblematic of Dalí. He painted this during his first days with Gala, the one who would become his new and unconditional muse for the rest of his life. The image shows how the artist has represented himself several times, in scenes that are taking place simultaneously, while everything revolves around a peculiar rock in Cap de Creus in which he thought he had guessed his face.

4. Blau amb quatre barres rogues (Blue with four red bars) , Antoni Tàpies, 1966

The piece, conceived by one of the most outstanding Catalan artists, is a faithful reflection of the particular style that characterized him. Tàpies, an exponent of informalism, experimented with textures, earthly and improvised materials, in a palette of colors that always transmits a certain serenity. He did not hesitate to use poor, even waste materials, giving them a new life that went beyond styles and concepts, mixing techniques and textures, to create his own peculiar character.

5. Cartes et dés (Cards and Dice), Georges Braque, 1914

Cubism has the capacity to capture its spectators, making them travel through its sometimes impossible forms and edges. This piece has the particularity of having been painted just before the outbreak of the First World War, when Braque and Picasso were following, artistically, very similar paths. After the war, the two artists evolved towards different paths. In this work, in which everything represented revolves around the world of games of chance, volumes of great complexity are shown, including the use of different materials that the artist employed in search of that effect that seduces the viewer.

6. Totalisateur (Totaliser), Francis Picabia, 1922

This multidisciplinary artist traveled from impressionism to surrealism, through cubism, Dadaism and the fascinating Dada movement. In this work Picabia plays with geometric abstraction, polishing his style until he achieves that particularity that makes him such a valued artist. In this piece he speaks to us through a formal language, taken from mechanics and machinery, without leaving aside sexual symbolism.

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#TalDíaComoHoy fallecía #GeorgesBraque en 1963.Lo recordamos con #CartesEtDés. Cartes et dés (Naipes y dados) posee el valor añadido de ser una de las últimas obras realizadas durante el período en que Picasso y Braque comparten ideario estético. Resuelta por medio de la inclusión de un óvalo horizontal que remite a las mesas de juego, la composición se estructura en torno a diversos motivos (los naipes, los dados, una copa…), la mayoría de ellos relacionados con el mundo de los juegos de azar. La complejidad de los volúmenes y la incorporación de algunas tonalidades que escapan a la severidad cromática cubista, acusan la experimentación de Braque en relación con el descubrimiento y posterior desarrollo de la técnica de los papiers collés. Alejado ya del rigor del período analítico, Cartes et dés adelanta la sensualidad presente en posteriores composiciones de su autor.

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7. Peinture (Escargot, femme, fleur, étoile) (Painting [Snail, Woman, Flower, Star]) , Joan Miró, 1934

In this piece, the artist reveals his emotional state through grotesque figures and a certain monstrosity. He was worried about the convulsive times in Europe, conveying anguish at first glance. Miró’s work, which was once marked by naivety, light, and childishness, has changed its chromaticism but remains one of the artist’s most exceptional works, full of lyricism.

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⭕ by Francis Picabia #Totalisateur

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8. Contre le fonctionnalisme idéaliste. Le fonctionnement symbolique-physique matérialiste (Against Idealistic Functionalism. Le fonctionnement symbolique-physique matérialiste (Against the idealistic functionalism. The materialistic symbolic-physical functioning) , Brassaï, 1933

This photograph, positioned in gelatin-bromide on paper, shows an instant captured by the Hungarian photographer. His work attempts to immortalize beauty from a distinct perspective. In this case, the image can inspire different interperations, each marked by a reflective and earthy title.

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