Gonzalo Bilbao Martínez

Auction Lot 35272835
GONZALO BILBAO MARTÍNEZ (Seville, 1860 – Madrid, 1938).
“Orientalist scene”.
Oil on board.
Signed in the lower right corner.
Measures: 115 x 45.5 cm; 125 x 55 cm (frame).

Estimated Value : 20,000 - 25,000 €

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GONZALO BILBAO MARTÍNEZ (Seville, 1860 - Madrid, 1938).
"Orientalist scene".
Oil on panel.
Signed in the lower right corner.
Size: 115 x 45,5 cm; 125 x 55 cm (frame).
Gonzalo Bilbao started drawing as a child and in 1880 he began his pictorial career. During these years he travelled to Italy and France with Jiménez de Aranda. In Rome he worked with the painter José Villegas Cordero, and travelled around the various Italian capitals, painting urban and rural views until his return to Spain in 1884. In the following years he visited Rome again, travelled around Spain and also went to Morocco, Paris and Munich. In Spain he taught painting, initially as a private tutor and, from 1903, as Jiménez de Aranda's successor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel de Hungría in Seville. In 1904 he married and took up residence in Madrid, where he continued his teaching work at the San Fernando Academy. During his career he took part in numerous fine arts exhibitions, both national and foreign, being awarded a third medal at the Universal Exhibition of Paris (1889) and the International Exhibition of Barcelona (1891), a single medal at the Universal Exhibition of Chicago (1893), and a gold medal at the International Exhibitions of Berlin (1899), Munich (1905), Buenos Aires (1910), Santiago de Chile (1910), San Francisco (1915) and Panama (1916). He also took part in the National Fine Arts Nationals, winning second medals in 1887 and 1892, first in 1899 and 1901 and an honourable medal in 1915. A traditional painter, representative of Spanish genre painting, his pictures were colourful depictions of Andalusian life and its most popular figures, and he also painted landscapes, figures and portraits, including prominent figures of the time such as King Alfonso XIII and the actress Carmen Díaz. The light and vitality of his compositions bring his language closer to the Impressionist aesthetic, focusing on the essential representation of atmospheres and landscapes. Gonzalo Bilbao is represented in the Museo de Bellas Artes in Seville, where he has a room devoted entirely to his work, the Museo del Prado, the Museo Jaume Morera in Lleida and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Cordoba, among others, as well as in private collections both in Spain and abroad.


This lot can be seen at the Setdart Madrid Gallery located at C/Velázquez, 7.


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