Ulpiano Checha y Sanz was born in Colmenar de Oreja in the center of Spain just outside Madrid and studied at the Madrid Academy under Manuel Dominguez, Federico de Madrazo and Pablo Gonzalvo y Peres. At the age of nineteen he became a professor at the Academy of San Fernando and won the course de chars à Rome in 1884, followed by numerous other medals, such as the first class medal in Spain in 1887 and 1888. He was also a regular contributor to the Paris Salon.
Like other artists working in Europe, Sanz was influenced by the new impressionist movement. Without adopting all the techniques of the Impressionists, he chose certain aspects of the movement to capture the effect of light, particularly that of the juxtaposition of certain colors in order to heighten their effect on each other. This technique is brought to vibrant fruition in Carnival Eve.
(fig. 1) John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86, Photo Credit: Tate Gallery, London/Art Resource.