Portrait of Queen Maria Cristina of Hapsburg-Lorena and his son Alfons XIII
Caba i Casamitjana, Antoni [Barcelona, 1838 - 1907]
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 251 x 153 cm
Date: 1890
Generic classification: Paint
General inventari: 244
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Signed: "A. Caba 1890” (lower left). Inscribed: At lower right, in red:"10077” and scrawled: "11382’. Provenance: Executed for the Academy. Date of revenue: March, 1891. Restaurations: restored by Joaquim Pradell in 1967 Exhibitions: Madrid, Cánovas y la Restauración, 1997, no. 169. Tiempo de cambios, Segovia 1874-1931, 2002 cat. p. 178-179 Note: Antoni Caba received his first lessons in Llotja's School of the hand of Pau Milà or Claudi Lorenzale. In 1863 he was pensioned by the Deputation to study in San Fernando's Academy of Madrid, where one of his teachers was Federico de Madrazo. Later he went to Paris and there he studied with Gleyre and with Delaroche. In 1874 he obtains the professor's place of color and composition of the Llotja, School that managed to direct between 1887 and 1901. He took part in several National Exhibitions and gained a golden medal in the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona of 1888. Painter characterized by an absolute alteration in the drawing, evolved from the predominance of the brilliant colors, towards a more harmonious aesthetics in the one that he used with more naturalism and smoothness. His work centred fundamentally on the decorative painting and on the portrait. As interior decorator, stood out his work for diferents Barcelonian houses and for the Theatre of the Lyceum; since portrayer realized an abundant production, since his "photographic" portraits were needed by the high middle class and the official circles.

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