Portrait of Murillo (after Bartolom é Esteban Murillo - 1617 - 1682). c. 1879. Etching. 6 x 4 5/8 (sheet 18 x 12 1/2) As published in American Art Review vol. i, #1 (1879). Exhibited: Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, Boston, 1881. .A rich impression printed on warm chine, applied to white wove paper. Unsigned. $125.
One of the most popular artists of his time, Bartolome Esteban Murillo was a Spanish baroque painter, best known for his religious works, as well as realistic depictions of the everyday life of his times. His early work was influenced by the painters Zubaran, Jusepe de Ribera, and Alonzo Cano, who all held a realistic approach to painting, a technique which was adapted by Murillo. His work was characterized by both realism and tenebrism, or the contrast of light and shade, which he combined to make soft forms full of rich colors.
In his lifetime, Murillo had a great number of pupils and followers, and in 1660, he founded the Academia de Bellas Artes in Seville, Spain. Until the 19th century, he was the only Spanish artist widely known in the European world, and his work was subsequently imitated, ensuring his fame throughout Spain and in Europe.
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