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Hacienda La Fortuna

Francisco Oller

European Art

The Puerto Rican Creole painter Francisco Oller was commissioned by José Gallart, an enterprising émigré from Barcelona, to paint “portraits” of his five Puerto Rican ingenios, or sugar-mill complexes. At age thirteen Gallart followed in the footsteps of Spain’s early conquistadors, sailing to the Indies to seek his New World fortunes. In 1885 Gallart returned to Spain and displayed Hacienda La Fortuna in the study of his home outside Barcelona as a reminder of the source of his newfound American wealth. Gallart died in Spain in 1898, one day before the end of the Spanish-American War, which liberated Puerto Rico and Cuba from more than four hundred years of Spanish rule.

El pintor criollo puertorriqueño Francisco Oller fue comisionado por José Gallart, un emprendedor emigrado desde Barcelona, para pintar “retratos” de sus cinco ingenios, o complejos azucareros, en Puerto Rico. A la edad de trece años, Gallart siguió los pasos de los primeros conquistadores españoles, navegando hacia las Indias para buscar fortuna en el nuevo mundo. En 1885 Gallart retornó a España y exhibió Hacienda La Fortuna en el estudio de su casa en las afueras de Barcelona como recuerdo de la procedencia de su nueva riqueza americana. Gallart murió en España en 1898, un día antes de que terminara la Guerra hispano-estadounidense que liberó a Puerto Rico y a Cuba de más de cuatrocientos años de dominación española.

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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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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
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