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Darío de Regoyos (Spanish 1857-1913)

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Darío de Regoyos (Spanish 1857-1913)

Ginebra

Details
Darío de Regoyos (Spanish 1857-1913) Ginebra signed 'Regoyos.' (lower right) oil on canvas 19 ¾ x 24 ¼ in. (50.2 x 61.6 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Guerrico y Williams, Buenos Aires, 1946, Lot 62.
Acquired at the above by the grand-father of the present owners.
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Sale Room Notice
Please note that the present painting is listed in the catalogue raisonné of the artist's oeuvre: J. San Nicolás, Darío de Regoyos: Catálogo Razonado, Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias y Fundación Azcona, Madrid, 2014, p. 507, no. 687 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

This view of Geneva brings together the features for which de Regoyos’s landscapes were mostly known for: an original use of colour and an innovative rendering of atmospheric and light effects.
Originally from Asturias, Dario de Regoyos moved to Brussels in 1879. There he completed his artistic education by studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. The artist became an active member of the Circle of the XX with whom he often exhibited. Regoyos travelled regularly to Spain, where he was inspired by the attractive landscapes, colours, customs and traditions. He was also interested in Pointillism, which he would later be influenced by in his paintings.
In 1912, the artist settled with his family in Barcelona, but a year later he fell ill. In April 1913 he decided to go to Heidelberg for treatment. On his way back to Barcelona, Regoyos stopped in Geneva. The artist painted several magnificent views there.
Working en-plein-air, his paintings aimed to capture the fleeting effects of light. His contacts with Belgian and French artists and his role in avant-garde art circles made of him one of the most internationally acclaimed Spanish painters in the late 19th century.


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