Alcalá consolidates its position as “the city of painters” with the incorporation of the best artists of the golden century of landscape painting to its Museum.

Works by Emilio Sánchez Perrier, José Pinelo Llul, García y Rodríguez, Manuel Barrón, Nicolás Alpériz, Ricardo López Cabrera, José Arpa, Pedro de Matheu, Gil Gallango and Javier de Winthuysen, among others, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection over the next five years.

Alcalá de Guadaíra is experiencing a historic milestone in its relationship with landscape painting, the hallmark of the town, the ‘Alcalá of painters’. Alcalareños and visitors will understand the magnitude of this nickname through the exhibition ‘Time of landscapes. Painters of the School of Alcalá de Guadaíra, 1850- 1950’, which for the first time brings together and exposes unpublished and works of art inspired by landscapes of Alcalá and that are signed by a set of authors of great quality that have works exhibited in museums and international collections.

This set of 73 works has been ceded for a period of five years to the City Council, which has been exhibiting them since Wednesday at the Museum of Alcalá.

The exhibition is the culmination of a long process led by the mayor of the city, Ana Isabel Jiménez, and was inaugurated on Wednesday with the presence, among others, of the dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Daniel Bilbao. Along with them have been authors and scholars of this pictorial period in Seville such as Enrique Valdivieso, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Gerardo Pérez Calero or Francisco López-Camaño.

“It is well known that Alcalá de Guadaíra became during the last third of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century the preferred destination of one of the best Spanish generations of landscape painters who turned the Alcalá de Guadaíra riverbanks, together with its flour mills or the medieval castle, into the protagonists of famous artistic works. For some it is technique, skill, ability, talent… for all, unquestionably, inspiring beauty, and for us, in addition, our memories of childhood and life, our home of which we feel so proud”, explains the mayoress.

Artists of the stature of Emilio Sánchez Perrier, José Pinelo Llul, García y Rodríguez, Manuel Barrón, Nicolás Alpériz, Ricardo López Cabrera, José Arpa, Pedro de Matheu, Gil Gallango or Javier de Winthuysen, among others, were the main architects of that golden age of landscape painting in Alcalá, and they all return home through this collection of paintings and drawings that shine as never before in the four rooms on the first floor of the Museum, in the city that inspired them and where they were created.

The arrival of these seventy-three works, in different formats and techniques, mainly oil on canvas or board, “is a very important qualitative step in the attractiveness of the cultural and tourist offer of the municipality, and is a milestone for the Museum to bring to the public a fundamental part of the heritage related to history, unique artistic expressions and local identity,” he said.

With this exhibition the Museum of Alcalá becomes a key reference to understand one of the most important manifestations of Sevillian painting in the last two centuries: the “Alcalá Landscape School” that developed a new genre to raise it to heights of great quality. “Therefore, -adds the mayoress- we are immensely fortunate to admire these works, possibly the most complete collection of its kind, in this unique space, full of life, and in which we have always been committed to culture and the dissemination of the plastic arts for the enjoyment of all”.

Alcalá de Guadaíra has a special link with painting as it became the “Barbizón” of Seville, where painters from different parts of Spain, especially from Seville, came to capture the beauty of its landscapes, particularly those generated by the Guadaíra River as it passes through the town. This led to the creation of the so-called “Alcalá Landscape School”, as an interesting pictorial manifestation. It was then the local painters who have maintained the tradition and the taste for the landscape. In this same line, the Museum of Alcalá has been configured since its creation as a space with special sensitivity to this theme, offering an exhibition space to many Sevillian authors, both established and young values.

Currently the municipal collection, in terms of this exceptional period, only has a small panel by José Pinelo that was acquired at auction on the initiative of the museum a few years ago, so the incorporation of these seventy-three works means for the Museum the possibility of showing a rich content related to one of the most important cultural manifestations linked to Alcalá.

The exhibition will be part of the Museum ‘s permanent tour for a period of five years, which corresponds to the term of the transfer of the works.