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    Sale 5405

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    10 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 177

    Jose Villegas y Cordero (Spanish, 1848-1921)

    The pipe smoker

    Price Realised  

    Jose Villegas y Cordero (Spanish, 1848-1921)
    The pipe smoker
    signed and dated 'Villegas/1868' (lower right)
    oil on canvas laid down on board, unframed
    11¼ x 15¼ in. (28.6 x 38.8 cm.)


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    Sevillian painter Villegas y Cordero began his training with José Maria Romero and then studied under Eduardo Cano at the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts. He established close friendships with other painters of the day such as Rosale and Fortuny. In Madrid he studied the great Masters at the Prado, focusing on the works by Velázquez. He achieved great success with private collectors and eventually moved to Venice. In 1898 Villegas was made director of the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and once back in Madrid, he was named director of the Museum of the Royal Academy of San Fernando in 1903.

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