The duality of Domenico Theotokopoulos starts with his name—born in Greece but finding his way to Spain, the painter became known as El Greco (Spanish for “the Greek one”). He absorbed the traditions of Titian, Tintoretto, and Michelangelo while holding onto his own original approach, creating works in which Fauvism and Expressionism are nascent. El Greco only began receiving praise in the late 1800s, centuries after his death in 1614. This major retrospective—France’s first—highlights El Greco’s dramatic, progressive vision. —J.V.
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