Book review: Katherine Manthorne on Edward J. Sullivan From San Juan to Paris and Back: Francisco Oller and Caribbean Art in the Era of Impressionism
Art at the crossroads: Francisco Oller and Caribbean art
Edward J. Sullivan From San Juan to Paris and Back: Francisco Oller and Caribbean Art in the Era of Impressionism, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014, 208 pp., 81 colour + 18 b/w ills, $60.00 hdbk, ISBN: 978-0-300-20320-2
Katherine Manthorne 13/KM1
Francisco Oller (1833-1917) was a Puerto Rican born artist who helped shape the visual production of the Caribbean in the second half of the nineteenth century. He enjoyed a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic, both at home and in Europe, where he spent twenty years. This book fills provides a much-needed analysis of the achievement of Oller, who has received little scholarly attention in the past thirty years. In six chapters that analyze major artworks and themes in Oller’s oeuvre, this book recasts the artist as a key figure in nineteenth century art and sheds new light on his contribution to a uniquely Caribbean aesthetic.
Key words: Puerto Rico; Caribbean; Francisco Oller; Latin American art; Landscape painting; Still Life Painting; History Painting; Portraiture; Plantations; Trans-national Art; nineteenth century art; Spanish Colonialism; José Campeche