Top left: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Buste (Bust), June 30, 1971, oil on canvas. Colección Abelló (Joaquín Cortés) Top right: Colección Abelló. Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884–1920) (verso) Portrait de Constantin Brancusi (Portrait of Constantine Brancusi), 1909, oil on canvas. Colección Abelló (Joaquín Cortés). Bottom right:
Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884–1920) (recto) Le violoncelliste (The Violoncello Player), 1909, oil on canvas. Opposite: Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), Invisible
Face/Ruins with Head of Medusa and Landscape, 1942, oil on canvas.
them renewed respect, and inspired contemporary artists in 19th
The Sense of Smell (c. 1615) by Jusepe de Ribera is among the
highlights of the 17th century paintings. It is a rare example dating
from Ribera’s time in Rome as a young man. Shortly thereafter, he
lived and worked in the Kingdom of Naples, then under Spanish
rule. “It is not just an important painting, but the condition is just
so wonderful,” Roglán adds. It is a sentiment he reiterated about
many works in the collection. Aficionados of this era can also
look forward to seeing the work of Juan de Arellano and Juan van
der Hamen y León.
While about 80% of the collection is comprised of Spanish
work, the other 20% is the work of equally substantial artists
such as the 18th century Italian painters Canaletto and Francisco
Guardi. And while the early work will be a rare treat to have in
North Texas, it is important to note that about two-thirds of the
collection dates from 1890 or later.
Henri Matisse, Ferdinand Léger, and Georges Braque are
among the French Modern masters in the collection. Amadeo
Modigliani, who worked in Paris alongside these artists, and
Francis Bacon are two non-French painters that have captivated
Abelló and Gamazo. In addition to a sculpture, two of Modigliani’s
drawings and a double-sided painting will provide viewers with a
full range of his abilities.
And while Abelló and Gamazo are significant collectors
of Spanish art, they are also the only major Spanish collectors
of Francis Bacon’s work. His Triptych (1983) will have a place
of prominence in the exhibition. As with Modigliani’s work, it