The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum !

I was looking at old posts in my blog and to my amazement saw a post about two museums in Madrid. Actually as the other more famous already with a post these two should have a post of their own.  I like to write a bit more on the Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemisza museums of Madrid golden triangle. Let’s start with the Thyssen Bornemisza museum and hope you enjoy it as I

So here I am on a sunny cool day trying to write about museums. The museums takes a lot of detail information, they are usually big , and always little time to see them all. However, pershaps for its location I have seen this one the second most.  I do go to them and even friends of some helping out financially and even volunteer work ,but they are so vast and difficult for a poor writer like to me to do.I do my best.

My Madrid is no exception, while living there as a young teen, museum was not in my mind but tapas and other things were, so hang around the Cason del Buen Retiro a bit now part of the Prado (see post), but on many others just went by thanks. As I grew older and realise the wonderful things in them and visiting the city I came to admire the others, still in Madrid they have the golden triangle!

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a museum of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Its origin lies in the Spanish government’s acquisition in July 1993 of most of the collection of art collected in Lugano (Switzerland) by the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, in addition to the Pinacothèque and existing national collections. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is located in the Villahermosa Palace, on the corner of the Paseo del Prado and the Carrera de San Jerónimo. The palace was built between the late 18C and early 19C in a neoclassical style.


The Thyssen family was one of the most important collections of art gathered in the 20C, dedicated to the European art of 1290 to Pop art. It is mainly a matter of paintings, but also of marble sculptures commissioned by August Thyssen to Auguste Rodin. It was especially his son Heinrich who, taking advantage of the bankruptcies caused by the 1929 crisis, greatly enlarged the collection by acquiring rare paintings from the 14C and 15C, as well as primitive Flemish and Renaissance German art.   Thereafter, he also collecteded most of the great names of Western art from the 16C, 17C and 18C. Hans Heinrich opened the collection to the 19C and on Impressionism, as well as on the avant-garde of the 20C and as well American painting of the 19C.

The panorama of the 19C culminates in Impressionism, of which it includes almost all the outstanding masters: Manet (Amazone in front), Renoir (Woman with a Parasol in a Garden, 1875), Monet (The thaw in Vétheuil, 1881), Degas (Ladies in Headgear, Dancer in Green), Camille Pissarro (the Marly Forest and Saint-Honoré Street landscapes. Effect of rain), Alfred Sisley (The flood in Port-Marly, 1876), Pierre Bonnard (Portrait of Misia Godebska), Berthe Morisot (The Dressing Mirror) …

Toulouse-Lautrec is present with two gouaches and a rare oil painting, The redhead in a white blouse; Paul Cézanne rivals him with the important pre-Cubist canvas Portrait of a Peasant (1905-06) and a still life in watercolor. Van Gogh has four works from different stages, such as the oil painting The Village of Les Vessenots in Auvers and the engraving The Potato Eaters.

In 2004, Carmen, the widow of Hans Heinrich Thyssen, enriched the museum with nearly 200 works, including Catalan painting, which are exhibited in Barcelona.  It is one of the stops of the Spanish “Golden Triangle of Art”   with the others being the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum.


Some of my major events here over the years were :

See it and believe the genious at “Picasso/Lautrec” Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8 Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h to 19h Saturdays 10-21h to January 21 2018: webpage:

The exhibition of the Thyssen Museum explores for the first time the connection that was established between the life and work of the disciple and his teacher. The paths of Claude Monet and his master Eugène Boudin crossed for the first time in the spring of 1856 almost by chance, when they coincided in the stationery store Gravier, in Le Havre. It was just then that Boudin, 16 years older than Monet, wanted to congratulate him on his work as a caricaturist, and encouraged him to continue studying and painting, inviting to do it with him.  The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum delves into the relationship forged between the two artists. Through a hundred works that include loans from museums and institutions such as the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery in London or the Metropolitan of New York, the exhibition is recreated in the picturesque landscapes with which master and disciple put to the test in their brushes. First, formed under the grey skies of Normandy. Then, protected by the light of the Mediterranean. Many landscapes and brushstrokes later, in 1874, Monet invited his teacher to join the first Impressionist show, where he exhibited seven portraits in what can be interpreted as homage to his mentor. As Monet himself once wrote, “If I have dedicated myself to painting, I owe it to Eugène Boudin “.  The show is until September 30th 2018. webpage:

The official Thyssen Bornemisza museum webpage:

The tourist office of Madrid on the Thyssen Bornemisza

Of course, do not forget in the museum the mirador/terrrace of Thyssen  with great views and nice foodies in the arts. I have stop here for lunch even if not going in, you don’t have to. Webpage:


And there you go a nice museum one of the not to miss while visiting Madrid. Hope you have enjoy it as I. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum !”

  1. I remember visiting the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, I appreciated the quality of the collection, often only one painting per painter, but always a work representative of his style.

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