Puerto Rican/European: Francisco Oller’s Hybrid Paintings at the Brooklyn Museum

Repeating Islands


In her blog, CultureGrrl, Lee Rosenbaum offers a brief review of Francisco Oller’s exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum—“Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World.” Here are just a few excerpts below; see full review here.

Like the works of Archibald Motley, now featured at the Whitney Museum, the art of Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller, subject of a concurrent retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum (to Jan. 3), inhabits two separate worlds. More than Motley, Oller often conflated those worlds on the same canvas.

Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World is one manifestation of the Brooklyn Museum’s attempt to have “more interchange with the Latino community, to increasingly diversify our audience”—an objective of former director Arnold Lehman, as described to me in a far-ranging 2010 interview.

Part of that initiative, he said then, was hiring Richard Aste, formerly associate curator of European art at…

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