Sunday, May 18, 2014

Antonio Lopez Garcia

Woman in the bathtub
oil on board
65 x 42 in.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
-Fair use-

Antonio Lopez Garcia (1936-) is a Spanish painter and sculptor, known for his realistic style. He was born in Tomelloso, in the heart of Spain, a few months before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. It first appeared that he would continue in the family tradition as a farmer, but an early facility for drawing caught the attention of his uncle Antonio Lopez Torres, a local painter of landscapes, who gave him his first lessons. In 1949 he moved to Madrid and studied at the School of Art in Madrid in the early 1950s, where he soon proved himself a brilliant student, winning a number of prizes, and quickly became part of a nucleus of realist painters.

His style sometimes is deemed hyperrealistic. He is so widely celebrated for the staggering exactitude of his painterly realism that it's sometimes easy to neglect the magical, delicate atmospheres he conjures through his technical abilities. He was the subject of Victor Erice's 1992 film El Sol del Membrillo (The Quince Tree of the Sun), which closely chronicles his attempts to paint a quince tree.