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Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano

Reus, Tarragona, 1838 - Roma, 1874

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1916. Etching, Aquatint, Burnisher on paper, 377 x 500 mm.

Fortuny was exceptionally skilled in printmaking techniques. Following his initial use of lithography in 1857, in the 1860s he produced a remarkable series of etchings that can be considered one of his finest achievements. They depict Arab subjects, genre scenes and others of classical inspiration, all characterised by an expressive intensity that made full use of this technique’s different resources, which he had studied in the work of Ribera, Rembrandt and Goya. Following his first trip to North Africa, Fortuny realised that etching was particularly suited to conveying its mysterious atmosphere. This group of prints offers the finest and most true to life vision of orientalism to be found in European art. The Anchorite, one of the artist’s masterpieces, conveys the sense of both death and the desolation of nature.


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Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano
Etching; Aquatint; Burnisher
High/Height: 377 mm.; Width: 500 mm.
Donated by Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, son of the painter, to the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1934

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de estampas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1992, pp. 42.

Vives, R, 'Mariano Fortuny. Anacoreta' En:, Fortuny (1838-1874), Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2017, pp. 352-356 n.127.

Other inventories +

Inv. Estampas siglo XIX, Casón Buen Retiro. Núm. 384.

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Fortuny (1838-1874)
21.11.2017 - 18.03.2018

Update date: 20-03-2018 | Registry created on 14-11-2017

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