Thursday, May 22, 2008

Antonio Lopez Garcia @ the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

It is impossible to describe Antonio López García simply as a painter in the “realist” school. His masterful paintings of the prosaic, familiar places of his world and of the family and friends comprising it reveal an unusual sensitivity to his subject. Through uncompromising study of his subjects, he has imbued the commonplace with a haunting and extraordinary character, seen in his exceptional depiction of light—at once brilliant and subdued, ethereal and fleeting, and palpable. His unrelenting examination and depiction of his subject means that he sometimes spends years to finish a single canvas. This penetrating approach, as well as his exceptional skill, has singled out López García as one of Spain’s most revered artists.

This exhibition of approximately sixty paintings, drawings, and sculpture is presented as a complement to the exhibition “El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III.” López García is in the lineage of artists to be examined in this historical exhibition, artists who introduced naturalism into Spanish art, from an attention to detail and the depiction of space in court portraiture, to the flourishing of still life, to the humanizing of saints.

This exhibit ends on July 27, 2008 so be sure to catch it if you are ever in the Boston area. Listed below is a podcast of the artist that accompanies the exhibit; the artist explains his inspirations and motivations behind his works of art. For more information pertaining to this exhibit as well as the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, please click here.

All information courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Youtube.

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