Artwork Title: La Morfina - Artist Name: Santiago Rusiñol I Prats

La Morfina

Santiago Rusiñol I Prats, 1894

Between 1889 and 1899, Santiago Rusiñol carried out, in the flesh, the artist’s challenge of making artistic creation a channel to explore boundaries. Added to this exploration was the addiction to morphine that would determine the artist’s life and work as of 1894, the year coinciding with the creation of two of Rusiñol’s most emblematic paintings, La morfina and La medalla, and the discovery of one of the quintessential themes in both Rusiñol’s painting and literature: the abandoned garden. The treatment the artist underwent to cure himself of his morphine addiction starting in 1899 and the operation performed on him which, one year later, left him with just one kidney, prevented the artist from succumbing to the abyss and caused him to enter a new creative phase, marked by his dedication to theater with an increasingly greater commercial vision and his specialization in painting gardens all over Catalonia and Spain... (
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