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U ABEAUTIFULNUSUALLY­for­paint­ing me I thisamwrit­ing­weeko­fabout­the­back an ofartis­tas­cant­i­ly­who­didn’tclad paint­lady by­thethe­p­aint­ingS­pan­ishun­der­artist dis­cus­sionDomingo,onethisofweek…the­world’s All will be­comebest­painter­cleari­nas­pas­tels. you read on.

SirDomin­goEd­win Al­varezLand­seerGomezwa­soneis ofa­world-our­mostrenowned­fa­mousartistVic­to­ri­an­who artists.was­bornHein­wasBarcelonarevered­in­byJunethe wholeof1942,coun­try­where­and­hestill­mostlives­peo­ple­and know­works.at least one of his works. Land­seerHeloved­was­draw­ing­born­i­nandLon­don in­paint­ingMarch­from1802.anHisear­ly­fa­ther­age­wasand the­was­renowned­des­tined­to­en­graver­be­comeJohnan Land­seer­artist.He ARA.is­com­pletely self­taught.The young Land­seer was some­thingOn­com­pletingo­faprodi­gy­hisstud­ieswho wentin1966to the­hetrav­elledRoy­alA­cade­my­toLon­don Schools­be­fore­quick­ly­inLon­don­be­comin­gand­by­athe very­high­lyearlysought-ageaftero­fonly­book13was al­ready­il­lus­tra­torex­hibit­ing­for­many­at­pub­lish­ingTheRoyal Acad­emy.hous­esandHedesign­was­e­lect­ed­stu­diosasi­nan­his As­so­ci­ate­na­tiveS­pain.ofThe RA at the age of on­lyIn197124andhe be­came­be­came ed­i­tora­full Aca­demi­cianofav­ery­in­flu­en­tial­fiveyearsS­pan­ish­lat­er­art in­magazine.1831.He was knighted by QueenThisVic­to­ri­a­timein­hisin1850.life­was piv­otalLand­seerin­shap­ing­wasan­his­in­cred­i­bly­fu­ture… tal­ent­edHede­vel­ope­d­painterand­his paintin­gall­sorts of sto­riesskillsin­sur­round­ed­hiss­pare­time­his­bylife and works.ex­per­i­ment­ingForex­am­ple,with var­i­ousi­tis­said that­d­if­fer­en­the­couldmedi­um­spaint an­dapic­ture with­even­tu­ally­both­hand­sre­alise­datthe­he­could­same get time­bet­teri.e.re­sult­shis­right­through­hand­paintin­gus­ingthe the­sub­tle­horse’stoneshead­of­pas­tels.whilst his left handBy­was1975,paint­inghe­hadtheestab­lished­horse’s tail.enoughHe­wa­sofa al­sorep­u­ta­tion­ableto as­painta ex­treme­lyqual­it­yartistquickly.togo it alone and turnedLand­seer­his­back­wa­son­thethebest­cor­po­rate painter­life­topainto­fan­i­mals­full-time.ofhis time, his He­pop­u­lar­i­tyspenta went­lotof acrosstimeear­lythe class­esin­his­ca­reer­with soin France­many­ofand­his paint­ings­de­vel­ope­d­be­ingquiteen­gravedafol­low­ingby his broth­erthere­andThomas.in­Lon­donMost­be­forepeo­ple in­re­turn­ingVic­to­riantoBri­tain­his­beloved­would­home havecity­ofhadBarcelona.a“Land­seer” hang­ing some­whereHe­hasa fan­tas­ticintheirhome.eye­for de­tail­ingHe­has­the­been­fe­maleat­tribut­ed­for­man­das the­his­abil­i­tysource­toof­cor­rect­lythe­myth­paint­that St­the Bernard­sub­tlechanges­moun­tain­in­skin­res­cue­tones­dogshas car­ry­mades­mall­hi­monebar­rel­soft­he­of­world’sbrandy around­most­sought-their­necks.af­ter­painters of his This­genre.comes from a paint­ing of 1820Thi­s­paint­ing“AlpineMas­tiff­sisvery­typ­i­cal of Rean­i­mat­inghis­worki­tis paintedaDistressed­in­pas­tels Trav­eller”.and­fea­tures a dark-haired lady, prob­a­blyBut­the­his­work­swife of(Rosa-histhatMaria) re­al­ly­whofea­ture­sev­ery­bodyreg­u­lar­ly­will­know,in­many al­mostofhi­s­paint­ings,with­ou­tex­cep­tion,facin­g­away are­from­thethe­fourview­er­lions­bu­tatthe­with her base of Nel­son’s Col­umn in Trafal­gar Square. Land­seer was com­mis­sioned to sculpt these beau­ti­ful bronzes by The Bri­tish Govern­ment in 1858. They were com­pleted and in­stalled in 1867.

When Land­seer died in 1873 shops and houses all around the coun­try low­ered their blinds or hung flags in their win­dows as a mark of re­spect. He was buried in St Paul’s Cathe­dral. head turned slightly to one side

Now on to this week’s paint­ing,with­her barewhich­back­isa copy­ex­posedof one­totheof viewer.hi­s­paint­ingsItis­sim­ply­oflions, which­beau­ti­ful­ly­may have­re­alised,been­with­usedthe­for aton­estem­plat­e­chang­ing­fortheev­er­faces­soslight­ly­ofthe as li­on­s­the­light­inTrafal­gar­fall­sacrossSquare.her­body.

ItThe­wasshad­ow­ing­painte­d­i­n­un­der1902theby Sy­bil­shoul­derParker,blade­sas­tu­den­tac­cen­tu­atin­garti­s­tat thethe time­nat­u­ral­whocurveswento­fonto­her­be­come­back. a well-Itis­re­spectedastyle­of­paintin­gartistin thather own­has­be­com­eright.ThisDomingo’spaint­ing own had hung­per­son­al­for yearssig­na­ture. over a fire­place andThishad­paint­ing­suf­fere­dis­some­o­ne­ofheat­a­pair and soot­that de­pict­dam­ageth­e­but­same­has mod­el­been­ful­lyin re­stored­vir­tu­ally the­and­samenow look­spose. as good as theThe­day­d­if­fer­en­ceit­wa­s­painted.be­tween the twoIt­pic­ture­sisav­ery­is­faith­fulthat­in­copy­one her of the­heado­rig­i­nal­is­turnedand­toisthean oilleft,onin can­vas­theotherin ashev­eryis turningor­nate­gild­ed­tothe frame. right. They are en­ti­tled “Vive La FranceThis Ipaintin­gandII”. is avail­able to viewThisand/paintin­gor­pur­chase­an­dit’sin twin my art galler­ya­reavail­ableinHolme­cur­rent­lyGrangeinCraftmy Vil­lage.show­roomIti­sorliste­donline,at£along 1,800, aw­ith­rea­son­able­manyothers,price and­forais­workareal of­bar­gainthisty­peatonlyand£size600. by this artist. Al­ter­na­tively, we now of­fer­Al­ter­na­tively,aleasin­gar­range­ment, we now of­fer asoleas­ingth­isa­lon­gar­range­ment,with­allof soour this along­paint­ings,with­canallof­beour­rented paint­ings, can­forabesmall­rent­ed­fixed­for­monthlyas­mall firental xed month­lyfee. rental fee.

This This piece, piece, along with many other great works, is avail­able to view, pur­chase or rent at An­tiqArt, the “preloved “pre-loved art” art” gallery at Holme Grange Craft Vil­lage or on­line at www. an­tiqart.co.uk or call us on

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