Emilio Sala Francés (Alcoy, 1850 - Madrid, 1910) - Querubines

Emilio Sala Francés (Alcoy, 1850 - Madrid, 1910) - Querubines
Mixed media - Hand signed - c.1900

The painting is signed at the bottom (Emilio Sala)

It is exhibited in a quite modern framed

The painting is in fair condition, it only presents some signs of dirt due to the passing of time

Dimensions of the painting: 40 cm height x 33 cm width

Dimensions of the frame: 54 cm height x 47 cm width


Biography of the artist

A successful artist in life, his work - of bright and fresh plastic and solid drawing - achieved great academic and critical recognition thanks to his history paintings. His name was also associated with an academic manual, "Gramática del color", in which Sala addressed some of his theoretical concerns. This text had a great impact among the younger generations of painters, who he instructed at the end of his life as a teacher.
He followed his first studies in Valencia, together with his cousin the painter Plácido Francés (1834-1902), who was a teacher at the city’s school. He furthered his training in Madrid, where he approached Rosales’ aesthetics and through it, his main references, Velázquez and Goya.
He gained some early recognition for his participation in some Exposiciones Nacionales de Bellas Artes, with his first history paintings, such as "El destierro del príncipe de Viana" (P4689). In 1885 he travelled to Rome with a grant awarded by the Academia de España, and during the last year of his stay at that institution he went to Paris, where he made one of the most significant history paintings of his time, "La expulsión de los judíos de España (año de 1492)", with which he obtained the greatest recognition of his entire career.
Alongside history painting, Sala developed an interesting and extensive work as a portraitist, of which early examples of extraordinary and original brightness are known, such as the splendid portrait of Ana Colín de Perinat (Valencia, Museum) and later ones of singular freshness, such as the portrait of "Maria Guerrero Niña".

Sala devoted himself assiduously to the mural decoration of private residences and public buildings, giving rise to a long series of paintings of that genre, some of a certain originality, always resolved with a great efficiency and decorative simplicity and a brilliant intonation, which also provided him with a solid social prestige and, above all, a good clientele in the Madrid of Alfonso XII.

Lot details
Emilio Sala Francés (Alcoy, 1850 - Madrid, 1910)
Title of artwork
Mixed media
Hand signed
Overall in good condition with traces of ageing
Sold with frame
Image sizes
40×33 cm
Total dimensions
54×47×3 cm
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