The Easel

‘Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World’ Review

Oller’s story seems to be that of a hugely talented artist who chose his country of birth (Pueto Rico) over Paris. He visited France and Spain for extended periods – long enough to be appointed painter to the Spanish king in 1872 – and had close friendships with the Impressionists. When hung next to them in this widely praised exhibition, his art looks “at once international and indigenously Puerto Rican”.