An Ecclesiastic



Signed Mariano Fortuny/74
An Ecclesiastic, ca. 1874
oil on panel/huile sur panneau
7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (19 x 13 cm)
Spanish Orientalist


The cosmopolitan Catalan painter visited Paris and London and worked at Portici near Naples during the last year of his life. Fortuny y Marsal's late works reflect an interest in light, a distinctive use of color, and an awareness of current international trends, including the influence of Japanese art on the West. Fortuny y Marsal worked closely with colleagues in Spain, France, and Italy. Not only was he a brilliant technician, but he proved to be remarkably receptive to progressive trends. This expressive image of an ecclesiastic in rose-colored robes posed against a vermilion background, demonstrates Fortuny y Marsal's audacious use of color. Source: The Walters Art Museum


I love the color combination on this one and find the choices rather unusual, but also very interesting.
If you like to see more work by this artist go to Mariano Fortuny Gallery

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