Liceu Opera House
Original title: Gran Teatre del Liceu
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions: 52.5 x 102 cm
Reference: ACF0293
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The landscape treatment of this painting, including the rectangular format, the sequence of planes or distances and the airiness of the atmosphere it breathes, gives no hint that in fact a far more complex space is being represented. The only sign that may lead us to revise that first impression is a red seat in the lower left-hand corner of the picture. It is one of the seats from the stalls at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Oddly enough, this velvet-upholstered seat seems to be isolated and separated from any other reference to the opera house. The presence of an object so alien to the landscape can only be justified from a literary standpoint, since through writing Perejaume has forged a fictitious geography which has stretched the natural dimensions of the Gran Teatre del Liceu beyond their limits. Through texts such as “Garatge Liceu” (1990) and “Liceu. Mapa de Catalunya estampat amb cendres del Gran Teatre del Liceu” (Map of Catalonia printed with ashes from the Gran Teatre del Liceu) (1995), he has confirmed a vision in which the fragments of the opera house are scattered over a vast expanse of territory, as if the layout of the stalls had been unnaturally dilated. The painting is closely linked to a series of installations entitled ‘Pintura i representació’ (1988-1991). In them, groups of seats from famous theatres, such as the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona or the Teatro María Guerrero in Madrid, are placed on a beach in the Ebro Delta or in the window of an art gallery. In a way the painting occupies a halfway stage between the hypothesis launched in the text and the consummation of the project through the installations. Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that the image of that large theatre is very close to the idea of a world as a stage. However, the pictorial treatment of the canvas is deliberately associated with a Romantic vision of landscape. In that way Perejaume reduces the distance between the vision of Romanticism and that of the entertainment society. The nexus could be found in a search for a global vision.

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