El color local es un invento extranjero (Paris), 2020

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Pigmented ink print on paper
120 x 118 cm
127.5 x 124.5 cm (framed)

This piece belongs to a series of photographic prints in which Cristina Garrido departed from the well-known phrase of the writer Jorge Luis Borges Local colour is a foreign invention to question whether it is possible to find out the local color of certain specific geographical areas. For this, she has looked at how artists from different eras have depicted the sky in painting, from the 17th century to the present. These fragments of painted skies, belonging to some of the most important museums in the world, are treated by the artist as color samples that are, then, organized chromatically following the Pantone color chart in the form of a grid. The information of the name of the author of the painting, the date of its execution, and the title are also indicated, generating jumps in time that connect the experience of artists from different origins and generations in front of a landscape. In El color local es un invento extranjero (Paris), the artist gathered images of paintings depicting the area of Paris and its surrounding locations, such as Port-Marly, Louveciennes, Éragny or Argenteuil, by the artists Alfred Sisley, André Derain, Armand Guillaumin, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Charles-François Daubigny, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Eliseo Meifrén Roig, Frédéric Bazille, Georges Michel, Georges Seurat, Gustave Loiseau, Henri Matisse, Homer Dodge Martin, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Martín Rico y Ortega, Maximilien Luce, Paul Cézanne, Paul Signac, Paul-Desiré Trouillebert, Pierre Bonnard, Richard Parkes Bonington, Stanislas Lépine, Théodore Rousseau, Vincent Van Gogh, and William Lamb Picknell. The original paintings are in the collections of the following museums: Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid/ Spain), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid/ Spain)), National Gallery of Art (Washington/ USA), Musée D´Orsay (Paris/ France), The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago/ USA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York/ USA), Tate Britain (London/ UK), The National Gallery (London/ UK), Museum van Boijmans (Rotterdam/ The Netherlands), Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam/ The Netherlands), Brooklyn Museum (New York/ USA), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam/ The Netherlands), POLA Museum of Art (Hakone/ Japan), Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris/ France) and Musée du Louvre (Paris/ France). – The Goma