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River Port by a Castle
Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio
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Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio

Madrid, 1817 - Madrid, 1870

Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio See author's file

River Port by a Castle

1850. Oil on copperplate.
Not on display

Lucas Velázquez drew his inspiration from different sources over the course of his career. Like Alenza, he drew on Siglo de Oro and Dutch painting for some of his landscapes, whose fantastic character allows us to relate them to works by Pérez Villaamil, although Velázquez’s execution is more frank and direct, with a clear tendency toward expressive sketchiness.

His fertile imagination led him to compete with Pérez Villaamil in painting rapid landscapes based on arbitrary paint stains -a customary practice by both artists that recalls the blotting suggested by Alexander Cozens in 1785. Goya also used this technique in his miniatures, taking advantage of the shapes generated by a drop of water on a blackened ivory surface. In that sense, Velázquez’s drawings and washes reveal an intense and subjective capacity to suggest, with a peculiarity that recalls some washes by Victor Hugo, or even Turner. Lucas’s impetuous temperament made him capable of a graphic expressiveness equalled only by the posterior work of Fortuny. Moreover, that procedure reveals his facility for what was known as el repente, that is, spontaneous imagination and the immediate rendering of shapes associated with a specific atmosphere of creative liberty characteristic of Romanticism (Text drawn from Barón, J. in: El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2007, p. 39).

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Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio
River Port by a Castle
Height: 21.5 cm; Width: 29.7 cm
Museo de Arte Moderno, 1971

Bibliography +

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. VI. Ministerio de Industria, Boletín del Museo del Prado, II, 1981, pp. 188.

Arnáiz, José Manuel, Eugenio Lucas: su vida y su obra, Montal, Madrid, 1981, pp. 306-307.

Noticias. Levantamiento definitivo de depósitos, Boletín del Museo del Prado, X, 28, 1989, pp. 124.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 57 n.251.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 198.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 344.

Inscriptions +

A. L. Sa. Pepita S. A. Lucas 1850
Signed and dated. Front, lower central area

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Update date: 13-12-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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