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Sixth room

The exhibition in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza rooms ends with a section dedicated to impressionism. Here a major change in the approach to the shadow can be seen: its narrative aspect is abandoned for the fi rst time as it becomes the subject of exclusively artistic research. Although shadows cast by trees play a key role in Monet’s early work, it is the painting of Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley which best illustrates how colour superseded the traditional black and thus eliminated the shadow’s negative connotations. Other artists whose work is featured in the room are Childe Hassam, Joaquín Sorolla, Santiago Rusiñol and Darío de Regoyos.
Beneath the Awning, Beach at Biarritz

Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Siméon), 1864
Oil on canvas, 81.6 x 46.4 cm
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Matsukata Collection
View of La Isla Garden in Aranjuez

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
White Frost, 1873
Oil on canvas, 65 x 93 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Legs de Enriqueta Alsop,
au nom du Docteur Eduardo Mollard, 1972
© RMN / Hervé Lewandowski

White Frost

Joaquín Sorolla Bastida (1863-1923)
Beneath the Awning, Beach at Biarritz, 1906
Oil on canvas, 62 x 93 cm
Museo Sorolla, Madrid
Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Siméon)

Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931)
View of La Isla Garden in Aranjuez, 1915
Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 128 cm
© Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid