Mariano Fortuny y Carbóa (1838-1874) born in Reus, a province of Taragona in Catalonia, Spain. At the age of fourteen, Fortuny was admitted to the Academy of Barcelona, studying under Claudio Larenzale.
Fortuny’s brief career encompassed both the Romanticism fascination with orientalist themes, but also moved towards a prescient loosening brush-stroke and color. Painter, Henri Regnault best encapsulated the beauty of Fortuny’s work:
“They are prodigious in color and in boldness of painting. Oh, what a painter he is, that chap! I yesterday passed the day with Fortuny, and it broke my arms and legs.’ He is astonishing, that gaillard-la. He has marvels at his place. He is the master of us all. If you could see the two or three pictures which he is finishing just now, and the water-color which he has made these latter days! O Fortuny! You drive me from sleep.”
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