Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ernesto de la Carcova

No Bread, No Work
from 1892 until 1893
oil on canvas
125.5 × 216 cm   
National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ernesto de la Carcova (1866-1927), born in Buenos Aires, was an Argentine painter of the Realist school. Taking an early interest in the canvas, he attended the prestigious Accademia Albertina in Turin. He completed his best-known work, No bread, No Work, in 1893, during the severe recession that followed the Panic of 1890.

Gaining increasing renown, he was invited to direct the Argentine Artists' Fellowship Program in Paris in 1902. During his stay in Europe, he took an interest in sculpture, purchasing a number of reproductions of works in the Berlin State Museums collections, including those of a number of ancient Egyptian, Chaldean, and Greek busts and bronzes. Returning to Buenos Aires, he displayed a number of these works at the Buenos Aires Centennial Exposition in 1910.

He accepted a professorship at the University of Buenos Aires and, continuing to participate in international events. He was appointed in 1921 as the first President of the National School of Fine Arts, an institution that absorbed Sivori's academy. The school is today part of the National University Art Institute, Argentina's foremost institution of its type.