Hacienda La Fortuna
Francisco Oller painted this misty, early-morning view of a thriving sugar-mill complex in the then-Spanish colony of Puerto Rico in the style of French Impressionism. By 1885 the Puerto Rican painter had spent almost a decade in Paris, studying and working with artists such as Gustave Courbet and Camille Pissarro, whose paintings hang nearby.
Puerto Rico’s sugar mills thrived, even after the abolition of slavery in 1873, thanks to steam-powered machinery and rural workers. Raw sugar from Hacienda La Fortuna was sent to Brooklyn, then the world leader of sugar refining.
- Artist: Francisco Oller, Puerto Rican, 1833-1917
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1885
- Dimensions: 26 x 40 in. (66 x 101.6 cm) Frame: 33 x 49 x 3 in. (83.8 x 124.5 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 2012.19
- Credit Line: Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband John W. Brown, by exchange
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Francisco Oller (Puerto Rican, 1833-1917). Hacienda La Fortuna, 1885. Oil on canvas, 26 x 40 in. (66 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.19
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)