A Beautifully Executed Original Seascape by the Well Listed Spanish Artist Felipe Checa y Delicado (1844-1906). First time offered to the public in possibly over 100 years, as this piece was passed down generations within a NYC family... Works by Felipe Checa are rare on the market today but well sought after.
Felipe Checa Delicado was born in Badajoz on March 24, 1844 on the current Sepúlveda street (formerly of the Old Salt). He trained for four years with his friend the barcarroteño painter José Caballero Villarroel in the Secondary Education Institute of Badajoz, having as his first teacher José Gutiérrez de la Vega, son of the famous Sevillian painter of the same name.
At the age of 20, he moved to Madrid where he continued his studies at the School of Painting (later the San Fernando Academy), receiving classes from painters Pablo Gonzalvo and Joaquín Espalter. He had as colleagues painters of the likes of Pradilla, Casimiro Sáenz and Plasencia.
Checa obtained outstanding qualifications in 1865 and two years later he received a scholarship from the Diputación de Badajoz to continue his training at the San Fernando Academy . During this period, as was usual among the students of painting, he made copies of great masters of the Museo del Prado such as Velázquez and Goya, some of which are preserved in the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts of Badajoz.
In 1872 his father dies and Felipe Checa returns to Badajoz to solve different family matters, definitively interrupting his studies. From here I would participate in the famous National Exhibitions (up to six times) mainly with still lifes, flower paintings and genre scenes. At no time did he achieve great critical success or prizes, since given his modest personality he never tried to influence the manipulable juries of the time. Neither did the themes of his works contribute, since the most popular was to present historical scenes of great dimensions.
In 1891 he was awarded again with Honorable Mention, this time in the General Exhibition of Barcelona , acquiring the City Council of the city two bodegones, one of which is currently in the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. In 1892 he participated in the Extremadura Regional Exhibition of Badajoz.
In 1900 he participated in a collective in the salons of the Amaré brothers in the Madrid street Alcalá along with figures such as Gonzalo Bilbao, Muñoz Degrain, Sorolla, Madrazo, Cecilio Pla and Jiménez Aranda. In 1903 he would obtain one of the maximum awards of his career, Diploma of Honor in the Regional Exhibition of Béjar, organized by the Association of Castellanos Painters.
Felipe Checa Delicado died in Badajoz on March 31, 1906, leaving behind an artistic legacy of outstanding quality , as evidenced by more than a hundred of his works preserved in the exceptional collection of the Museum of Fine Arts of Badajoz.
This oil on canvas painting is a dramatic, classical scene. A Rocky coast seascape in Spain, soft colors. A few sailboats in the horizon. Crashing waves , commanding rocky coast line.
This beautiful Seascape was treasured for years by its prior owner and was re-lined and framed many decades. There is also some professional restoration.
Would benefit from a professional cleaning. Truly A stunning and Exceptional work of art by this European Master painter!
In frame this artwork measures 26" x 21 1/2" approx, painting itself measures 20" x 16".
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