Preeminent 19th century Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller’s “La batalla de Treviño” (1879) will be unveiled for the first time in Puerto Rico. The unveiling will take place at the Ponce Museum of Art on July 14, 2011, at 6:30pm. The event includes an introduction by scholars Haydee Venegas and Edward J. Sullivan.
Oller’s “La batalla de Treviño” was discovered in recent years; its existence was unknown because it had remained in the same private family collection in Spain for over 100 years. This painting had never been exhibited publicly or published until 2008 when it went up for auction at Sotheby’s.
Edward J. Sullivan is a Spanish and Latin American art historian at New York University. He has authored over 25 books and exhibition catalogues about Spanish and Latin American art from the 17th to 20th centuries, including three books on Fernando Botero.
Haydee Venegas is an art history professor at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico [1993-to the present]. She was assistant director at the Museo de Arte de Ponce from 1980-1987, during which she organized the traveling retrospective exhibition of Puerto Rican representative of the impressionist movement, Francisco Oller y Cesteros (1833-1917).
For more information, see http://www.museoarteponce.org/calendario.php?sec=4&pag=33&act=94 and http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=26982