Auction Lot: 35227232
End of Auction : 06 Oct 2022 18:26
Remaining time: 2022-10-06 18:26:00 GMT+02:00
Estimated Value : 18000-20000 €
Next bid 9000


ANTONIO REYNA MANESCAU (Coín, Málaga, 1859 - Rome, 1937).
"Venetian View with the Ca'Rezzonico Palace".
Oil on canvas.
Signed in the lower left corner.
Size: 34 x 74 cm; 45 x 85 cm (frame).
While he was living in Rome, where he worked with great success on house themes, Antonio Reyna often travelled to Venice to produce exquisitely executed veduti such as the one we are dealing with here. Venice was at that time a pole of attraction for Spaniards thanks to Fortuny's widow and the weight of Villegas's Venetian output, as well as the effect of the summer stays (and later continued residence) of Martín Rico, whose precious landscapes influenced Reyna. Immersed in this environment, Reyna indulged in vedutism with views such as this one in which the Baroque palazzo Ca'Rezzonico stands in the middle of the canal, which is crossed by several gondoliers. To the left, our view reaches different levels of depth, and palaces and churches line up in the distance. Lush vegetation alternates with the architecture lining the canal, its reflections glinting on the calm waters. Reyna shows a special refinement in light capture in the Impressionist tradition.
Now considered one of the most important Andalusian landscape painters of the 19th century, Antonio Reyna discovered his vocation for painting very early on, as well as his innate talent for drawing and his special aptitudes, which led his parents to enrol him at the Malaga School of Fine Arts. There he was taught, first by Joaquín Martínez de la Vega and later by Bernardo Ferrándiz. From a very young age he exhibited his works regularly, standing out in the local artistic scene for his colourful, attractive compositions and the ease of his brushstroke. His progress was spectacular, and in 1882 he obtained a grant from the Malaga Provincial Council to further his studies in Italy. Reyna had fallen in love with Rome, and he would stay there to live forever. In 1885 he travelled to Venice, and from then on he devoted most of his output to reproducing Venetian corners, depicted with a precious, narrative technique. In fact, he came to be known as "the painter of Venice". In 1910, on the occasion of his mother's death, Reyna spent some time in his native city. There he was inspired to produce another of his most celebrated successes, the canvas "Rancho Andaluz", which he showed at the International Exhibition of Fine Arts in Rome the following year. In his painting, which was certainly a novelty for the time, the painter displays at all times his skill at drawing, as well as an innate ability for composition, marked by the boldness of his brushstrokes and a great wealth of colour. On 5 December 2009, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Antonio Reyna's birth, an extensive anthological exhibition of his work was inaugurated at the García Agüera Foundation in Malaga. Antonio Reyna currently has a museum named after him in Coín, and is also represented in the Fine Arts Museums of Malaga and Boston, the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga and the Vatican Museums' art gallery, although most of his work is in the hands of private individuals, and paintings by him have been recorded in France, England, Switzerland and Holland.



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