The AEPE, present in the exhibition of the ABC Museum “Dibujantas”

Through the work contributed by the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

The exhibition of the pioneering artists of the illustration is the first collective exhibition that brings together a total of 138 works of teachers

The exhibition ‘Dibujantas. Pioneers of illustration ‘, which from May 28 to September 22 can be visited at the ABC Museum in Madrid, brings together for the first time the work of 42 of the 105 illustrators who collaborated with the publications’ Blanco y Negro ‘and’ ABC ‘since its foundation in 1891 and in which some of the first members of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors are included.

The exhibition is curated by Marta González Orbegozo and Josefina Alix, with whom the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, has collaborated closely, providing the information and biographical data necessary to complete the biographies of Mª Ángeles López Roberts and Muguiro, Victorina Durán Cebrián or Rosario de Velasco Belausteguigoitia.

In this way, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, through its Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, its website www.apintoresyescultores.es and the portal-search www.gacetadebellasartes.es have been reflected in the catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition, in which the Secretary General is also reflected, in the acknowledgments.

The curators of the exhibition have dived among the 150,000 pieces of the ABC Museum collection, choosing the 138 of the highest quality, that is, those that, in their view, demonstrate mastery in the drawing and use of color and that are a reflection of the time in which they were made.

Among the protagonists of the exhibition, whose name refers to the “I Salón de Dibujantas” that took place in the Women’s Lyceum Club in 1931, are from the pioneers of the late nineteenth century, such as ATC, Piti Bartolozzi, Maruja Mallo or Marga Gil Roësset, those that already advanced the twentieth century as María Rosa Bendala, to the most modern of the nineties, such as Coti (Lucrecia Martínez Feduchi) or Mar Ferrero, the youngest of them all.

The curators, in addition, have carried out a vast research and documentation work to prepare the catalog that brings together the biographies of each of the selected artists, thus vindicating the invisible role of women in the field of illustration during the 19th century. and XX. At present there are many and very good illustrators, but in the period covered by the exhibition they practically went unnoticed and did not play any relevant role.