Since 2004, paintings from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection have been lent to the museum free of charge. These works perfectly complement the museum’s permanent collection, which was acquired by the Spanish State in 1993.
Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza left some works in his collection to various members of his family, but he bequeathed the majority to Carmen Cervera. These make up the core of what is today the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection and include works by Canaletto, Fragonard, Courbet, Boudin, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Rodin, Matisse, Picasso and Kirchner, amongst others.
Works on loan
Just as Baron Thyssen had expanded his collection to include modern and contemporary art, the Baroness focused on 19th and early 20th century Spanish art. Since 1993 she has worked to collect paintings by leading Spanish artists, such as Lucas Velázquez, Pérez Villaamil, Haes, Martí i Alsina, Fortuny, Rico, Rusiñol, Casas, Sorolla, Beruete, Regoyos, Zuloaga, Iturrino, Mir, Anglada i Camarasa, Sunyer and Solana.
The Baroness’s keen interest in Spanish art did not mean that she neglected international painting. Over the years the Baroness expanded this part of her collection too, always with the support and involvement of Baron Thyssen. In addition to the names mentioned above, from 1993 further paintings were acquired by Simone Martini, Van Goyen, Guardi, Friedrich, Corot, Daubigny, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Signac, Cross, Derain, Nolde, Pechstein, Braque, Delaunay and Beckmann, to name but a few.
(*) The digital catalogue includes 308 works out of 429 which sum up in the loan of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.