A big bold beautiful romantic marine painting of the turn of the last century.
Professionally relined by a New York gallery, minimal paint loss to the edges: truly indicative of it’s being a work of the late 19th early 20th century. Has retained its original European stretchers of that period. Painting measures 16″ x 20″.
RICARDO VERDUGO LANDI
(from the original Spanish)
Ricardo Verdugo Landi was born in the town of Malaga in 1871 and after he finished high school he enrolled in the school of painting of Emilio Ocon in the middle of the decade of the eighties. Ocon, an undisputable maestro of Verdugo Landi was an outstanding seascape painter of the XIX century and in his school there were many students who dedicated themselves to the painting of the Mediterranean Sea. Landi was a bright student and it may even be said that he was a favourite pupil of the maestro. Without a doubt he learned very soon to catch the subtle movements of the sea and the horizon, as well as changes in the atmosphere making use of different shades. As it can well be observed from the whole career of Verdugo Landi, the sea is an absolute protagonist of all his canvases. It can be deducted that those years of his education in Madrid were of great importance for the perfection of his style. Already in 1887 we encounter in Malaga the circulation of his works in a small quantity, which proves that his personality as a marine painter begins to be noticed in the artistic circles of the city.
The constant wish to promote his works can be observed in his uninterrupted presence in the national and international festivals and exhibitions. In 1892 he displayed his painting The Disembarkation at the International Exhibition in Madrid that commemorated the IV Festival of the Discovery of America and he got a Diploma of Honours. In the National Exhibition in 1899 he was awarded the third medal for his canvas Rough Sea and in 1906 he got the same prize for his work Altamar. He was also honoured at the international exhibitions, as for example the second medal received at the International Exhibition in Panama in 1916, or the Great Diploma Of Honour that he got at the Spanish and French Exhibition in 1919 in Zaragoza. He got two second medals at the exhibitions in Barcelona, the first one was national and the other international, for his paintings Seaman and the River of Bilbao respectively. The latter canvas was purchased by the Museum of Modem Art of Barcelona.
In the same way a lot of individual exhibitions of his works were organized , for instance in 1921 in the Majestic Hall of Bilbao and in the same year in the Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid; as well as in the Salons of “The Century” of Barcelona in 1923, the Salon Vilches of Madrid in 1928 and after his death in the Galleries Layetanas and in the Sala Pares. He mounted an exhibition in his native town in 1924 and in the same year he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts of San Telmo.
Besides this part of his professional work as a seascape painter it must also be noticed that he was a journalist, a graphic artist and editor who was of great importance in the moment of the flourishing of the Spanish graphic press. At the beginning of the decade of the nineties he went to Madrid as he was hired by The Diary ABC to work as a “polisher”, a very important position in those years, a mediator between a painter and a photographer. Verdugo Landi showed imagination and talent while occupying the position, and starting from a photographic montage that he made for the occasion of the birth of the Prince of Asturia, he was promoted by Luca de Tena to an artistic director of all the publications of ABC.
Together with his brother he created the magazines The Sphere and New World. The first mentioned magazine was very important in his work with illustrations on the scale of Spain. He published reproductions of photographies, posters, canvases and drawings of high quality, always paying a lot of attention to the artistic sides of the work. While working as a journalist and editor in this field of graphic design he showed his true talent and became a very important figure that possessed something more than just characteristics of an actual designer. He also placed some originals in the publications of The White and the Black and the Modern Life. These magazines gave him a possibility to popularize and make well-known many of his paintings; especially the magazines edited by him and it was a good platform for the popularity of his seascape paintings.