L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Espléndida pintura española, espléndida carne española - paintings by Francisco Soria Aedo

Fruto de Amor, 1926.
Cazadores Primitivos, 1953.
Pepita, 1929.
Juventud de Baco, 1932.
Pasión, 1926.
La Favorita, 1947.
Idilio, 1926.
Fauno Galante, 1929.
Turba sin Dios, 1934.


Autorretrato, 1930.

Francisco Soria Aedo (3 May 1897, Granada - 2 November 1965, Madrid), Spanish figurative painter. He had his first professional art instruction at the age of fifteen, and at twenty-two he left for Madrid for further study. Not long after, he won the patronage of the Duque del Infantado, and was able to travel and continue his studies. He would go on to win prestigious awards, such as the second prize in the National Exhibition of 1924, and the first in the International Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929. That same year he married and he and his wife would have two children; his daughter would also become an artist. He began to show internationally, but the Spanish Civil War intervened; his home in Madrid was destroyed in the bombing, and his family moved to Valencia for the duration. After the war, in 1939, they moved to his hometown of Granada where they spent the next eight years. He continued to show widely, but mostly in Spain. In 1947, he became professor of color theory at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. a position he would hold until two months before his death.

Much of his work was devoted to the representation of Andalusian, Castilian, and Moroccan character types. And in almost all of his paintings, he employed dramatic lighting effects alongside a lavish display of chromatic richness. 

Bodegón, 1943. (I couldn't help but include this "off-topic" - but gorgeous - still-life.)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Winterhalter, on his birthday

Paca, Duchess of Alba, 1854.

I just happened to notice yesterday that today is my dear Winterhalter's birthday. (His two hundred and thirteenth, if you're counting.) To mark the occasion, I hastily gathered a random group of some of my favorite FXW portraits and then bumped today's planned post. Franz Xaver was born on an April 20th and - as I always feel compelled to note - he died on a July 8th. My birthday is July 8. And, no, we're not talking the same year.

Princess Gouramma, 1852.
Sophie, duchesse de Morny, 1863.
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, 1846.
Queen Victoria, 1845. (Copy?)
The Empress Eugénie, 1862.
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, 1857.
Prince Alfred and Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, 1849.
Duchess of Kent, 1843.
Olga, Countess Shuvalova, 1858.
Eliza, Countess Krasińska, 1857.
Queen Isabel II of Spain and her daughter, Infanta Isabel, 1852.
Claire-Émilie, marquise de Las Marismas, 1852.
Alexei Alexeievich, Count Bobrinsky, 1844.
Queen Victoria, 1856.
Victoria, Princess Royal, 1857.
Luigi Lablache, 1852.
Victoire, duchesse de Nemours, 1840.
Tatiana, Princess Yusupova, 1858.
Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince of Prussia, 1851.
Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince of Prussia, 1867.
Duchesse d'Aumale, circa 1845. (Copy.)
Empress Maria Alexandrovna, 1857.
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, Crown Princess of Württemberg, 1856.
Sofia, Madame Naryshkina, 1858.
Queen Victoria in Garter Robes, 1843.
Prince Albert in Garter Robes, 1843.
Victoria, Princess Royal, 1842.
Dowager Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, 1856.
Pauline, Princess Metternich, 1860.
Elizaveta, Princess Troubetzkaia, 1859.
Claire-Émilie, marquise de Las Marismas, 1857.
The Empress Elisabeth of Austria, 1865.