The Museo Nacional del Prado presented until August 28 an exhibition on Luis Paret and Alcázar, who was one of the artists who best appreciated the changes in taste that occurred in his time, and also those who best knew how to include these changes in his work.
Born on February 11, 1746 in Madrid, Paret was a painter, draftsman, watercolorist and engraver of French father and Spanish mother, who studied at the Academy of San Fernando and later in Rome, thanks to the financial support of the Infante Don Luis de Borbón, who was initially their main patron. Precisely because of his relationship with the Infante Don Luis, Paret was exiled to Puerto Rico and then, after his return to Spain, he had to reside in Bilbao.
It was in Bilbao where it can be said that it had its most fruitful period, and from which come some of his most important works, among which stand out mainly paintings of landscapes, such as Vista de Bermeo (1783), Vista del arenal de Bilbao (1783-1784), A navy with figures (1784-1786), or Vista de Fuenterrabía (1786), among others. His works have a marked Rococo style, very close to artists like Watteau, although at the end of his productive stage there is a tendency to direct his production within the neoclassical current that was booming, but without losing its characteristic personal stamp.
This is the first major exhibition that the Prado Museum dedicates to Paret, which has been curated by Gudrun Mauret, who is the museum’s 17th-century curator of painting and Goya. Divided into nine sections that aim to show in chronological order how his artistic production was, from his beginnings with courtly themes and the daily life of his time, to his final stage, when they allow him to return to Madrid.
This exhibition has been organized with the collaboration of the Fundación AXA Foundation and not only has the works that are part of the museum’s collection, but also has a large number of works that have been lent by public and private institutions, which allows to have a very complete vision on the work of this artist.
Art for the Hungry.
Text: Guillermo Gonzalez Rivas.
Photo: procedentes del Museo del Prado/ Paret
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