Vicente García de Paredes (1845–1903)

A Spanish style painter of historical, genre, portraits, and urban scenes, Garcia de Paredes was born at Valencia. He began his artistic education at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos at Valencia, and later moved to Madrid, where he worked for the Museo del Prado as a copyist. He won a bronze medal at the Exposición de Bellas Artes a Valencia. Afterwards, he received a scholarship and travelled to Rome, where he was influenced by the Orientalist painters Mariano Fortuny, Ignacio Pinazo, Juan Peyró, and José Benlliure. In Rome, he completed a number of works in the Orientalist style, including An Arab Blacksmith. He exhibited at the Exposition de Valence in 1879, and then in around 1884, he moved to Paris where he abandoned Orientalism and embraced the genre of 'casacas' for which he is mostly known—these are his French 18th century-style interior genre paintings, which feature the nobility in elegant scenes and surroundings. He executed these in fine detail and pastel tones, and many appeared in European publications, including Le Monde, which made him very popular. Garcia de Paredes was considered one of the greatest watercolourists of the Spanish school of the 19th century. His watercolours were exhibited at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, and the Society of French Watercolourists in Paris. After his death, his paintings went out of fashion and fell into obscurity. He died at Paris.









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